What's New


  • Check out our calendar of activities and events!

  • The 10th Annual KnitFit Community Knit-a-thon will be held at the McConnell Library on Saturday, Feb 25th from 10 am to 5 pm!  Knitted and crocheted items will be donated to local charities that provide free clothing to those in need.  Pledges support children and teen programs at CBRL. Donations of funds, finished items, yarn and supplies are welcome at any CBRL branch.
    To participate, obtain a Pledge Form here or at your local branch and come to the McConnell Library in Sydney on Feb 25th.  For more information, check out Frequently Asked Questions.

  • 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.