What's New
  • Join the TD Summer Reading Club for kids of all ages at all CBRL branches and bookmobiles! The Into the WILD Teen Summer Reading is for teens (ages 12+) and there is a Summer Reading contest for grown-ups too! Visit your branch to find out more. There are lots of fun summer activities happening in our branches this July and August!

  • Seniors Storytelling Sessions ~ The Library, in partnership with the Beaton Institute, is hosting storytelling sessions in 12 communities across the region over the next several months. Everyone is welcome to attend and to hear stories and to share. These sessions are funded in part by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program. The next session will be held at the Christmas Island Fire Hall on Wednesday, August 17 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

  • New at your local library: improved WiFi! The library recently upgraded the wireless routers at every branch. What does this mean for library users? Faster, more reliable WiFi and a simplified login process, as library members and visitors will no longer be required to enter login information to access the wireless network. Ask at your local library for more information on our new and improved WiFi!

  • New Sydney Library Study Presentation ~ If you missed the public meeting that introduced the findings of the new Library study, you can find them here. A copy of the complete study is available in electronic format and in print format for in-library use at the McConnell Library circulation desk.

  • The Cape Breton Regional Library Seniors' Book Clubs have received more than 100 new titles, thanks to the support of New Horizons for Seniors (See current book list). Start or join a senior's book club at one of our library branches or from our two bookmobiles. Existing seniors' book clubs in the community can also take advantage of book club kits. Your group can borrow sets of ten books of a given title for four or five weeks. Book clubs with no senior members may still register and have access to the original book list of over 80 titles.  For more information, please contact your nearest branch or bookmobile.

  • Cape Breton Regional Library offers access to the National Network for Equitable Library Service (NNELS). NNELS is a digital public library of downloadable titles for people in Canada with perceptual disabilities. For more information on NNELS or to sign up for the service to access materials, please contact your local library branch.

  • The Cape Breton Regional Library has begun digitizing the diaries of Melvin S. Huntington, which were donated to the W.W. Lewis Memorial Library in Louisbourg. The diaries span the period from the late 1800s to 1961 and provide an interesting view of life in Louisbourg during that time, including the shipping industry, weather, world news, and events in local people's lives. The library has been transcribing these diaries to make them available online to a wider audience. This is a work in progress, with many now completed and available. Visit the Louisbourg Collection's website.

  • The Adult Learning Association of Cape Breton County and the Cape Breton Regional Library have launched Letters for Life, a local fundraising and awareness campaign for literacy and learning in our communities.