New ser­vice for book lovers of­fered

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Marilyn More launched the Bor­row Any­where, Re­turn Any­where pro­gram on Oct. 21, to make it eas­ier for li­brary pa­trons to bor­row books from across the prov­ince at no charge

The new ser­vice al­lows li­brary card hold­ers ac­cess to more than 100 li­braries in the prov­ince, with no fees for bor­row­ers, which were pre­vi­ously charged to out-oftown or off-cam­pus bor­row­ers.

“ Nova Sco­tians are vo­ra­cious li­brary users, bor­row­ing more than seven mil­lion items last year from pub­lic li­braries alone,” Ms. More said. “ This in­no­va­tive pro­gram gives each li­brary user a whole prov­ince full of choices. In other words, it’s your li­brary, ev­ery­where you are. And with no fees, it makes life more af­ford­able for fam­i­lies too.”

De­vel­oped by Li­braries Nova Sco­tia, a col­lab­o­ra­tion of all pub­lic, col­lege and uni­ver­sity li­braries in the prov­ince, the pro­gram cre­ates seam­less, bar­rier-free li­brary ac­cess.

“Li­braries want to be as eq­ui­table and ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble to all Nova Sco­tians,” said Trudy Ami­rault, re­gional li­brary di­rec­tor of West­ern Coun­ties Re­gional Li­brary. “Our goal is to pro­vide ev­ery Nova Sco­tian with the in­forma- tion, leisure read­ing or ed­u­ca­tion re­sources they de­sire, re­gard­less of lo­ca­tion.”

“ There is a world of dis­cov­ery for Nova Sco­tians at the li­braries on our uni­ver­sity cam­puses,” said Joyce Thom­son, li­brary di­rec­tor at At­lantic School of The­ol­ogy and co-chair of Li­braries Nova Sco­tia. “ We hope that this new ser­vice will al­low more Nova Sco­tians to ex­plore our world.”

To bor­row items, sim­ply bring iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or a pub­lic li­brary card to get a free mem­ber­ship at any par­tic­i­pat­ing li­brary. To re­turn bor­rowed items, drop them off at the near­est li­brary.

Li­braries Nova Sco­tia was formed by Nova Sco­tia’s uni­ver­sity, col­lege and pub­lic li­braries to im­prove li­brary ser­vices. More in­for­ma­tion on the Bor­row Any­where, Re­turn Any­where pro­gram is avail­able at www.li­brariesns.ca .

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