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Author Reading

Thursday, May 11th - 7:00pm
Four Fathers Library, Amherst
21 Acadia St.

Join us at the Four Fathers Library as Nova Scotian author Ami McKay reads from her latest book: "The Witches of New York".

Free admission--donations cheerfully accepted!

Student Jobs

Click HERE and HERE to get details on our student jobs.

UPDATE: April 7, 2017

Nova Scotia public libraries have received an emergency one-time grant from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage.

This means Cumberland Public Libraries will not be operating on a deficit in 2017/18 consequently there will be no loss of a branch or hours cut this year. However, without a government commitment to sustainable, long-term funding for libraries, we will face a deficit in the 2018/19 fiscal year.

We urge you to continue show your support for public libraries by contacting your MLA. The government needs to hear what your library means to you.

Thank you to everyone who has shown support to the public libraries by attending our information meeting and/or writing to your MLA.

The Facts On Library Funding

The libraries in Cumberland County are looking at a deficit in excess of $30,000 in 2017/18.

This means we will need to cut hours or close a location.

In the last 8 years the Cumberland Public Libraries has received a 1.3% increase in funding from the province. In that same period of time the cost of living has increased 11.9%. That means it costs more for us to buy books, provide programs, and pay staff. Money that we don't have.

Provincial Funding Since 2010 for the Cumberland Public Libraries
2010-11 $543,000
2011-12 $541,100
2012-13 $541,100
2013-14 $541,100
2014-15 $550,000
2015-16 $550,000
2016-17 $550,000

In the News
The Impact of a Library
'Desperate' financial situation could shutter Cumberland County library, says librarian
How government is slowly killing public libraries in rural Nova Scotia
Library system facing tough choices
Since when are libraries no longer considered pillars of literacy?
Public libraries are worth saving

We want increased, long-term funding for all public libraries in the province!

Tell your MLAs if they want library service to continue they need to fund it.

Donít let them close the doors on YOUR libraries.

Cumberland North
Terry Farrell
10B Havelock Street
Amherst, NS
B4H 3J7
Phone: (902) 660-3144

Cumberland South
Jamie Baillie
6 McFarlane Street
Springhill, NS
B0M 1X0
Phone: (902) 597-1998

Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage
Tony Ince
P.O.Box 456, STN Central
Halifax, NS
B3J 2R5
Phone: (902) 424-4889†

Draft letter to your MLA

Donate to celebrate 50 years!

Learn more about our anniversary fundraiser HERE.

Birthday Club

January - December 2017

To celebrate Cumberland Public Libraries turning 50 in 2017, we are running a Birthday Club all year long!

If youíre between the ages of 1 - 18, visit the front desk, say the magic words...ďItís my birthday month!Ē (and show your library card), to receive a free book!

Contact your local library for details.

Download Audiobooks & eBooks

Download audiobooks & e-books with our Digital Media Downloads Service.


Need help to download e-books or audiobooks? Check out OverDrive Help.

We're on Facebook & Twitter & Goodreads

Like the library's page on Facebook to see upcoming events and check out pictures from library programs.

And follow us on Twitter for information on new books and more.

Or Friend us on Goodreads to see reviews of library books.

Our Top 10


Want to know what's popular in Cumberland County?
Each month we update "Our Top 10" fiction and non-fiction books, and movies & t.v. series.
These titles are our most requested for the past month.