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What is Borrow By Mail?

Borrow By Mail is a FREE library outreach service provided for residents of Cumberland County who are unable to visit our libraries. In order to qualify for Borrow By Mail service you must live 5 kms or more from one of our libraries, or be physically unable to visit the library.

How Does Borrow By Mail Work?

You can search our catalogue to find titles or you can phone or mail in paper requests for books, magazines, movies, tv shows, audiobooks of interest. Items you request through the catalogue or by paper request will be mailed to you in a postage paid return envelope. You may request any item Cumberland Public Libraries own or you can request Interlibrary Loans if we do not have the item.

Is there a Fee for Borrow By Mail?

Borrow by Mail is FREE. All items are mailed to you in a return postage paid envelope. There are no overdue fines on late Borrow By Mail items. We understand that is sometimes takes a few days to get the mail. We will send you overdue notices as a reminder, but no fines will be charged. We will not mail out any other items until your overdue items have been returned.

How Long May I Borrow the items?

Material may be borrowed for 3 weeks. If you need the items longer you can renew them if no one else is waiting for the items. You can renew your items by calling 667-2135 extension 229 or the library nearest you, by e-mailing Borrow By Mail at borrowbymail@cumberlandpubliclibraries.ca or by accessing your account online.


Borrow by Mail patrons have access to a large collection of books, large print material, board books, graphic novels, magazines, audiobooks, movies, television shows, etc.

How Can I Sign Up for Borrow By Mail?

If you are interested in Borrow By Mail please register by filling in and submitting the following form.
click here for a .pdf version of the form
Cumberland Public Libraries
P.O. Box 220, Amherst, NS
B4H 3Z2
Contact Person: Peggy Sperry
Telephone: (902) 667-2135 extension 229