The Colchester-East Hants Public Library (CEHPL) is one of nine regional public library systems in Nova Scotia. The Colchester-East Hants Public Library has a Board of Directors who govern the Library in accordance with the Nova Scotia Libraries Act, which regulates regional library service in the Province.
CEHPL serves a population of just over 74,500 with five branch libraries, two satellite branch libraries, a Borrow by Mail service, outreach services, and a downloadable eBook and audiobook service.
Colchester-East Hants Public Library strengthens our communities by welcoming all to participate in the discovery, creation, and sharing of ideas and experiences.
We are the heart of a vibrant community. We empower. We enrich. We inspire.
In 1950, the Colchester-East Hants Regional Library Board was established when the Municipality of the County of Colchester, the Municipality of the District of East Hants, the Town of Truro, and the Town of Stewiacke united to provide a regional library service.
Funding for public libraries in the Province is determined by the Libraries Act Funding Regulations. The Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage provides approximately 71% of public library funding in Nova Scotia. A further 26% (approximate) is provided by the municipalities — this portion is divided among the four participating municipal units in Colchester-East Hants, based on population. The Colchester-East Hants Public Library Board fundraises for the remaining 3% (approximate) of its budget.