Halifax Public Libraries

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Halifax Public Libraries
Established April 1, 1996 (merger)
Location Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia
Branches 14
Items collected business directories, phone books, maps, government publications, books, periodicals, genealogy, local history,
Size ~1,164,600 items
Access and use
Circulation 4,709,496 (2013-14)[1]
Population served 414,400
Other information
Director Asa Kachan, CEO[2]
Website Halifax Public Libraries

Halifax Public Libraries is a Canadian public library system serving residents of Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality.

The organization was created in 1996 through a merger of the former municipal libraries with the City of Halifax, City of Dartmouth, and the Municipality of the County of Halifax. Halifax Public Libraries currently operates 14 branches and various home delivery services.


Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library

Former branches[edit]


Halifax Mechanics' Institute was one of a series of Mechanic's Institutes that were set up around the world after becoming popular in Britain. It housed a subscription library that allowed members who paid a fee to borrow books. The Mechanic's Institutes libraries eventually became public libraries when the establishment of free libraries occurred.[3]

The former central library, Spring Garden Road Memorial, opened in 1951 as a memorial to the war dead. It was expanded in 1974. It closed permanently on August 30, 2014 and was replaced by the Halifax Central Library across the street, which attracted international attention for its modern architectural design.

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  1. ^ "Performance Highlights and Trends 2013-2014" (PDF). Halifax Public Libraries. 
  2. ^ "Asa Kachan new CEO of Halifax Public Libraries". CBC News. 23 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Harris, Michael. History Of Libraries In The Western World. 4th ed. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1995, p. 153.

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Coordinates: 44°38′39.5″N 63°34′28.3″W / 44.644306°N 63.574528°W / 44.644306; -63.574528