About the Library

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Mission Statement


As an integral part of the communities of Southwestern Nova Scotia, the library is an essential public service. It will provide effective information service that is respectful, innovative, and accessible to everyone. The Library will encompass the traditions of public libraries while embracing the changing technologies of our world.
Statement of Values

Western Counties Regional Library believes:

  • that the library’s collection, resources, and services should reflect its communities. The library welcomes suggestions and ideas from the public.
  • that the library may encourage life-long learning in many ways: through the introduction of children to books; the support of educational institutions and literacy programs; the provision of information services and current technology; the offering of programming for all ages; and the promotion of recreational reading as a pleasure.
  • that the library should respect the cultures, beliefs, and privacy of individuals. The collection will include a variety of viewpoints, regardless of their popularity. The library supports the Canadian Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom.
  • that the collection and service should be available in both French and English languages, and other languages as demand warrants.
  • that it is the library’s responsibility to provide an archival repository for books by local authors, as well as material about the area which the library serves.
  • that the library should be a centre of activity for the communities which it serves.
  • that the library has a role in the economic and social development of its communities. The library should endeavor to work with both public and private agencies to provide cost-effective and efficient service throughout the region.
  • that the library staff find fulfillment in their work and will provide the public with friendly, non-judgmental, and competent service.
  • that there should be respect and open communication among the staff. Goals should be set and achieved through cooperative efforts of the staff and Board.

Annual Reports

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Library Administration

Erin Comeau

Executive Director and Regional Librarian

Ryan McKenzie

Systems Administrator

Shannon Raynard

Training and Development Manager

Carol Surette


Lydia Hunsberger

Manager of Collections and Digital Services

Ian White

Public Relations Manager

Breanne Muise

Manager of Programs and Services

Yvonne LeBlanc

Office Manager

Board Information & Members

Councillor Sherry Thorburn Irvine (Chair)

Municipality of Shelburne

Mayor Ben Cleveland (Deputy Chair)

Town of Digby

Councillor Shaun Hatfield (Past Chair)

Municipality of Barrington

Councillor Elizabeth Acker

Town of Shelburne

Councillor George Manzer

Municipality of Digby

Ellen Burton

Yarmouth Public Library and Museum

Councillor Kent Balish

Town of Lockeport

Councillor Kathy Bourque

Municipality of Argyle

Councillor Carl Deveau

Municipality of Clare

Councillor Patti Durkee

Municipality of Yarmouth

Councillor Louann Link

Town of Clark’s Harbour

Councillor Belle Hatfield

Town of Yarmouth

Patti Simpson

Province of Nova Scotia


Province of Nova Scotia

Audited Statements

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