Who Governs Public Libraries?

Public Libraries in Nova Scotia are governed by nine regional library boards made up of municipal, provincial and board appointments. While boards vary slightly in their composition, 2 seats are open to interested citizens from each region.

How do I know when a position is open?

Provincial appointment vacancies on library boards are advertised twice a year through newspaper ads. To view the latest advertisements of non-adjudicated board vacancies you can visit the Nova Scotia Government website. You may submit an application at any time to be kept on file for consideration as vacancies arise.

How do I apply?

To apply submit a cover letter and resume to the Executive Council Office.
In your letter indicate to which library board you are applying.
You must reside in the area served by the library.


Send your cover letter and resume to:


Executive Council Office

One Government Place, 5th Floor

1700 Granville Street
P.O. Box 2125
Halifax, NS B3J 3B7


Fax: (902) 424-0667

Email: Executive.Council@novascotia.ca

Phone : (902) 424-4877 or toll free : 1-866-206-6844

What happens to my application?

Once your application is received by the Executive Council Office, you will receive a letter of acknowledgement.


Applications are forwarded to the Department of Education for review and Cabinet approval after which the Human Resources Committee makes final ratification.


This process can take 3 to 6 months.


Your application will be kept on file for 4 years.

After 2 years you should reapply to ensure your application remains current.

How long will my appointment last?

Appointments are made for a 3 year term.


You have to reapply to serve a second term.

Current appointees must reapply to serve a second or subsequent term and should do so at least 6 months before their term expires.