About Us

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.

Our Mission

Colchester-East Hants Public Library strengthens our communities by welcoming all to participate in the discovery, creation, and sharing of ideas and experiences.

Our Vision

We are the heart of a vibrant community. We empower. We enrich. We inspire.

Land Acknowledgement and People Recognition Statement

The Colchester-East Hants Public Library is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq. We exist together in harmony because of the Treaties of Peace and Friendship. We extend our respect and gratitude to the Mi’kmaq and their ancestors who have stewarded this land throughout generations. In support of the Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, we commit to sharing the true history of Indigenous peoples with our patrons in an effort to advance the process of reconciliation.

We acknowledge that people of African heritage have been in Mi’kma’ki for over 400 years. We honour and offer gratitude to those of African heritage whose ancestors built much of the infrastructure on which our communities are founded.

We are committed to amplifying Indigenous and African Nova Scotian voices and fostering knowledge of their histories, cultures, and traditions.

Community Minded

We foster relationships with local organizations, businesses, and residents in order to actively participate in the growth and development of our communities.


We enrich lives by facilitating creativity, exploration, and cultural discovery through the provision of quality programming and resources.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to fostering safe and inclusive spaces that are free from discrimination and harassment. We value individual needs, experiences, and differences.

Equitable Access

We champion everyone’s right to fair and equitable access to library services.


We take responsibility for our actions and are committed to being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us.

Intellectual Freedom

We support and facilitate the free exchange of information and ideas in a democratic society. We protect and respect each person’s right to privacy and choice, without fear of censorship or discrimination.

Our History

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, Tourism 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.