Library Membership

Adult Membership

Residents: Membership is FREE for residents of Nova Scotia. Residents of Cape Breton and Victoria counties may register online.

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Visitors: The Cape Breton Regional Library welcomes visitors to the area. Visitors who wish to check their email may do so at any one of our twelve library branches. Public access terminals are available to visitors for 30 minute sessions, if a terminal is available. There is no fee for this service.

Visitors who wish to take advantage of our other services, such as book borrowing, may apply for a temporary card. A $10.00 deposit is required for visitors from outside of Nova Scotia. We will refund this deposit to you when your temporary card is returned to the library. There is no charge for residents of Nova Scotia visiting our area. This temporary card allows you to borrow books and magazines, as well as use the public access terminals for computer services. 

Borrowing

Your library card must be presented in order to borrow books or magazines. There is no limit on the number of library books and/or CD audiobooks that may be borrowed at one time. The date by which the item must be returned is stamped on the date due slip at the back. The library reserves the right to limit the number of items borrowed from a single subject area and places a limit of four magazines per magazine title (e.g. 4 Macleans, 4 National Geographics, 4 People magazines, etc.). DVDs and Blu-ray Discs are available to patrons ages 14 and up (those between 14 - 18 years old require parental consent). Patrons may have up to ten DVDs and/or Blu-ray discs checked out at a given time. Digital downloadable audio & e-books are available for borrowing through the library’s website.

Renewals

Renewals can be made if the item has not been requested by another borrower. Providing there are no holds on an item, residents of Cape Breton and Victoria Counties can renew books up to 10 times and DVDs/Blu-ray Discs up to 3 times. Visitors can renew DVDs and Blu-ray Discs twice, and Books 3 times. Digital books cannot be renewed, but can be returned and checked out again if available.

Returning

Items may be returned to a branch or to a bookmobile other than the one from which they were borrowed if they are returned on or before the due date. Items may also be returned to university, community college, and all other public libraries throughout Nova Scotia.

Fines

A fine of .15 cents per item per library day is charged on overdue books, magazines, and CD audio books, to a maximum of $3.00 per item. A fine of $1.00 per DVD/Blu-ray Disc per library day is charged on overdue videos/DVD’s to a maximum of $5.00 per item. There are no fines for eBooks or digital audiobooks, because they automatically expire and return to the collection on their due date.

Lost or Damaged Items

The borrower is responsible for the items borrowed on his card. In case of loss or damage a charge for replacement or repair is made.

Lost Library Cards

If the library card has been lost it should be reported to the Library as soon as possible. If the card is not located by the end of one week, a replacement card may be secured at a charge of one dollar ($1.00). 

Payment Options

Payments for late fines, lost items, or replacement library cards can be made by cash or cheque in person at any Cape Breton Regional Library branch or bookmobile. Payment by debit or credit card is not available at this time.

Junior Membership

Membership is FREE to all youth in the Counties of Cape Breton and Victoria.

Registration

A registration card for individuals up to the age of 14 must be signed by a parent or guardian. A library card will be issued to the youth, in their name, and it MUST be presented in order to borrow library materials. Individuals aged 14 years old or younger are unable to borrow DVDs and Blu-ray Discs.

Borrowing Books

Books, magazines and audio books may be borrowed for a period of TWO weeks. The date by which the item must be returned is stamped on the date due slip at the back of the item. The number of books which may be taken varies dependent upon the season of the year and the stock available. Children may borrow from the adult collection as well as the children's collection. The Library Board requests that parents wishing to monitor their children's reading materials do so on an individual basis. 

Renewals

Books may be renewed for a further period of two weeks if the item in question has not been requested by another borrower. Providing there are no holds on an item, youth members may renew books up to 10 times.

Fines

No fines are charged for overdue juvenile books. However, overdue books from the adult collection are subject to fines of 15 cents a day up to a maximum of $3.00 per book.

Lost or Damaged Books

The parent or guardian signing the child's registration is responsible for the books borrowed. In case of loss or damages a charge for replacement or repairs is made.

Lost Library Cards

If a child's library card is lost, it must be reported lost by a parent/guardian. If the card is not located within a week, a replacement may be obtained at a charge of $1.00.