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 has a Board of Directors and operates under the terms set out by the Nova Scotia Libraries Act.

South Shore Public Libraries came to be  in 1972 with  the Town of Bridgewater, the Town of Lunenburg, and the Town of Mahone Bay as original members. The Municipality of the District of Lunenburg joined in 1973, and the Municipality of Chester in 1978. The  Region of Queens Municipality, joined in 1976. Today, South Shore Public Libraries has more than 25 staff, and provides services through four town libraries, a mobile library and outreach services.


The 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 2018/2019 the annual budget was approximately $1.4 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.


  • Services like borrowing and Internet access are free.
  • Daily overdue fines are not charged, the exception being Inter Library Loans.
  • Take a closer look at all our policies here.

Board Information & Members

Board Members, the Chief Librarian and senior staff meet regularly.  Board meetings are open to the public. The Annual General Meeting (AGM), open to the public,  is usually held the third Tuesday of June.

If you would like to attend a meeting or make a presentation, please contact us to confirm the date, time and location of the meeting; 902-543-2548.

Patrick Hirtle – Chair
Cynthia Bruhm – Vice Chair
Councillor Jenni Birtles
Councillor David Brown
Councillor Stacey Colwell
Councillor Tina Connors
Councillor Michelle Greek
Marie Hogan Loker
Cathy LeBlanc
Diane Racette
Tom Sheppard
Wilma Stewart-White
Mark Taylor
Kara Turner
Troy Myers