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 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Information

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Cape Breton Regional Library

James McConnell Memorial Library

Public Bulletin

We have 12 branch libraries & 2 bookmobiles serving CBRM and Victoria County

Located In Sydney
Where To Find Us
50 Falmouth St
Sydney B1P 6X9
Areas Served Cape Breton Regional Municipality ; Cape Breton Regional Municipality & Victoria County
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Contact Tara MacNeil; Phone: 902-562-3279
Alternate Contact Chris Thompson; Email:
Fax 902-564-0765
Description & Services

The mission of the Cape Breton Regional Library (CBRL) is to strengthen and inspire our communities by providing quality collections, cultural resources, programs and services in a welcoming environment where all can enjoy reading and learning.

The CBRL is a safe, open and welcoming location for all members of the community that provides information resources and entertainment materials to residents and visitors of the CBRM and Victoria County through 12 branch libraries and 2 bookmobiles.

The CBRL has helped to support lifelong learning since 1950. Libraries can facilitate learning that is flexible and available at different times, in different places.

Equipment Loan Program

The Library has a program in CBRM that lends sports equipment, including snowshoes and poles for the winter and tennis racquets in the summer. The sports equipment can be loaned out to individuals and families in CBRM at no cost. The snowshoes come in a variety of sizes for all members of the family.

The Library also lends a wide variety of sports equipment in Victoria County as part of the Victoria County Active Gear Loan Program. Available in Victoria County only, this program provides free access to this equipment through the Baddeck and Ingonish Libraries and the Victoria County Bookmobile. There are adult and children’s skis, boots, and poles; reflective safety vests; various sizes of ice cleats; and snowshoes and poles in a variety of sizes.

Hours Hours of Operation vary by location, full details are on our website
Special Information
Tags All abilities welcome ; Athletics ; Book clubs ; Cape Breton Connect ; Family-friendly ; Free equipment loan ; Inclusion & Access ; Recreation Categories ; Supportive Environments