Education is supported in Nova Scotia by a broad range of resources such as public libraries, family resource centres, and literacy groups.
Public libraries are facilities that collect and organize information resources (such as books, films, prints, artwork, and electronic media) for public use. Many public libraries are also community gathering places; your local library will often host events and provide education and enrichment opportunities for people of all ages.
To borrow material from the library, you must have a library card. To get a free library card, take two pieces of identification, one with your current address (like a power or telephone bill). Children aged 13 and under require a parent’s signature. Youth aged 15-18 must provide a parent or guardian’s name and contact information. Once you receive your library card, you may borrow books and other media from the library’s collection. Keep in mind that you may be charged a fee or “fine” if you lose or damage the borrowed items, or if you return them after the due date.
To find a public library near you, check the Community Profiles section.
Family resource centres are community-based facilities intended to help parents and their children learn and grow. Family resource centres offer a variety of services, such as childcare, parent support groups, workshops, and lending libraries for books and toys.
To find a family resource centre near you, visit Community Profiles.
Literacy groups are organizations designed to help children and adults learn to read. Reading is a vital building block of education, and a necessary skill for succeeding in the workplace. Literacy groups can be found in communities throughout Nova Scotia, and often meet regularly at public libraries. To find a literacy group near you, call the Literacy Nova Scotia Learn Line at 1-800-255-5203, or check the Community Profiles section.