• Borrow Anywhere, Return Anywhere (BARA)

    Registration: Get a card for free at all public libraries, bookmobiles, university and community college libraries across the province.
     Borrowing: Gain access to tons of books, specialized collections and more!  Returning: Simply return your materials to the most convenient participating location, even if it’s kilometres away from where you borrowed them.

  • Borrow By Mail

    Borrow by Mail provides residents of the Lunenburg and Queens Counties who live more than 15 kilometers from a library branch, or who are unable to visit a branch to access library materials.

    Borrow by Mail is a free service. Material will be mailed to you with a pre-paid postage label you will use to return the items.

    Material is available in regular or large print, DVD, and CD formats.  Once you are registered for the service, there are several ways to select material:

    • Place your own requests on the library’s online catalogue at southshorepubliclibraries.ca and select “Mobile, Outreach, Borrow by Mail” as your pickup location.
    • Speak to staff directly and they will make the requests for you.
    • Staff can select material for you, based on your interests.
  • Talking Book Service

    The Library’s Audio Book/Talking Book service provides library materials in CD, MP3, and Play Away format. Audio Book home services are available to Lunenburg and Queens library members who are unable to read regular print due to a print disability. Please give us a call to register. Audio books can be borrowed in the library or we can arrange for delivery by mail if you are homebound.

    For more information or to register for this service, you or a family member, friend or caregiver can call the Admin Office in Bridgewater at 902-543-2548.

  • Public Internet Access Computers

    All South Shore Public Libraries is a member of the Lunenburg Queens Community Access Society and all computer terminals are considered to be offered in partnership with Industry Canada’s Community Access program as administered through Nova Scotia C@P.

    All Branches are fully equipped and provide:

    • High-speed Internet access
    • Multiple computers
    • Laser printer
    • Flatbed scanner
    • Photocopier

    Computer use is free, printing and photocopying is $0.20 (CAD) per page.

  • Wireless Internet

    All branch libraries have free wireless access to the internet. All you need is a library card! Access is free and available 24 hours a day.

  • Book Clubs

    SSPL is pleased to support requests for Book Clubs.  Please advise our interlibrary department of your clubs book selection 2 months in advance and we will do our best to get you as many copies of that title as possible. Pick one person from your group who will submit requests, pick up and return the books and take responsibility for them.  Send your request to specialorders@southshorepubliclibraries.ca

  • Databases, Encyclopedias, Online Resources

    Ancestry Library Edition   – Extensive online database of genealogical information.
    Canadian Museum of Nature    Scientific database featuring open access to more than 710,000 records of plants, animals, fossils, and minerals that are part of the museum’s national collections.
    Cochrane Library  –  High quality independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, including reliable evidence.
    Canadian Encyclopedia   – Canadian Encyclopedia the authority on all things Canadian for more than 20 years.
    Dictionary of Canadian Biography – Explore the history of Canada’s inhabitants and their culture.
    Canadiana.org –   Investigate Canada’s documentary heritage content online.
    Welcome to Parenting – Information from health professionals to guide you on the journey from pregnancy to parenthood.

  • InterLibrary Loan

    Interlibrary Loans, or borrowing from other libraries, is a service South Shore Public Libraries provides to our members in co-operation with other lending libraries. . Some libraries may not loan new or popular items and may charge for interlibrary loan services. Upon approval by the borrower, any interlibrary loan fees will be passed on to the borrower.

    A request for an interlibrary loan can be made through the online catalogue. Once the item is in transit to the pick-up destination, it will show as ‘on hold’ in your account. The loan period for interlibrary loans is set by the lending library. Interlibrary loan materials cannot be renewed through your Library Account. To renew an interlibrary loan please email the Interlibrary Loan Department or contact your local branch library at least one week before the item is due,

    If you cannot find the item you want through the online catalogue, please email specialorders@southshorepubliclibraries.ca with the following:
    -Title and type of item (book, DVD, large print, audio book, etc)
    -Author, Editor or Director
    -Your name, library card number, and contact information
    -If you accept any interlibrary loan fees, and what your limit is for those fees
    -If there is a specific date when you need the item
    -At which library location you would like to pick up the item.

  • Meeting Space for Non-Profits

    Meeting room facilities are currently available at the Margaret Hennigar Public Library in Bridgewater and the Thomas H. Raddall Library in Liverpool

    The South Shore Public Libraries Board will provide non-profit groups with meeting space free of charge in these Library Program Rooms, when not in use for library activities. These meetings are to be of a non-fund raising, non-revenue generating nature. The Board reserves the right to accept or reject requests for the use of meeting space.