Our Mission

Our Libraries celebrate reading, discovering, learning and sharing.

Our Vision

South Shore Public Libraries is a vital centre of the community, sharing a robust collection and innovative technology, that inspires life long learning and literacy in a positive, welcoming environment.

Our Values

Literacy • Innovation • Inclusion • Intellectual Freedom • Collaboration • Community

Our History

South Shore Public Libraries is governed by the South Shore Regional Library Board and operates under the terms of the Libraries Act, c 254 Revised Statutes of Nova Scotia, 1989 as amended by 1990, c 19, ss. 44, 45.

The library region, the youngest of the nine in the province, was formed in 1972 by the Town of Bridgewater, the Town of Lunenburg, and the Town of Mahone Bay. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg joined in 1973, and the Municipality of Chester in 1978. The former Municipality of the County of Queens and the former Town of Liverpool (now part of the Region of Queens Municipality), joined in 1976 and 1981 respectively. Today, South Shore Public Libraries has more than 25 staff, and provides services through four town libraries, a mobile library and outreach services.


The Provincial Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage provides approximately 70% of public library funding in Nova Scotia. A further 24% is provided by the municipalities — this portion is divided among the six participating municipal units on the South Shore based on population and is roughly $5.18 per capita. The South Shore Regional Library Board fundraises for the remaining 6% of its budget.

In 2013/2014 the annual budget for the Library was approximately $1.3 million. Buildings, furniture and some office equipment are provided in addition to the regular municipal contribution by the Town of Bridgewater, the Town of Lunenburg and the Region of Queens.


  • Library services, including book borrowing and Internet access, are free.
  • Overdue fines are not generally charged, though exceptions apply.
  • To view all SSPL policies, please click here.

Board Information & Members

Board Members, the Chief Librarian and senior staff meet regularly on the third Tuesday of the month at 6 pm.  Board meetings are open to the public, the board does not meet in July. The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is usually held the third Tuesday of June. This is also open to the public. If you would like to attend a meeting or make a presentation, please contact the Library’s Executive Assistant to confirm the location.

Patrick Hirtle
Cynthia Bruhm
Councillor Tina Connors
Councillor Brian Fralic
Councillor Michael Graves
Councillor Eric Hustvedt
Dr. David Brattston
Marie Hogan Loker
Sara Lochhead
Tom Sheppard
Wilma Stewart-White
Mark Taylor
William Kowalski
Troy Myers