What's New
  • Coming soon to your local library: improved WiFi! The library is in the process of upgrading and replacing the wireless routers held in each of the branches. 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 sign in using their library card number to access the wireless network. The new and improved WiFi system will be implemented by mid-June.

  • Garage Sale to Support the Library ~ Saturday, June 4, 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m. in the library garage off Charlotte Street, Sydney. Rain or shine! If you would like to donate items for the sale to support the Library, just drop them off at the McConnell Library.

  • 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). We’re encouraging readers to 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 these 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.

  • Are you employed at a daycare, public or private school, or residential care facility? Come visit the library and take advantage of all that we have to offer! The library is pleased to introduce a new institutional/educational membership card for employees of daycares, public and private schools, and residential care facilities. Find out more or download a copy of the institutional/educational card registration form.

  • 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.