Scotia Legislative Library
Nova Scotia Legislative Library is located in Province House, a designated
National Historic Site. The construction of Province House began in
1811 and was completed in 1819, making it the oldest seat of government
The main reading
room of the Library was originally the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia.
In it many notable trials were held, including one of the most famous,
on March 2, 1835, the trial of Joseph Howe, on a charge of criminal
libel. His six and a quarter hour speech in his own defense won his
acquittal and established the concept of freedom of the press in Canada.
In the Spring of
1862 the Supreme Court was moved to another building and the chamber
converted into the Legislative Library by bringing together the collections
of books previously scattered throughout the building and by adding
alcoves, shelving and a mezzanine balcony. Nova Scotia’s first
Legislative Librarian, John Venables was appointed in 1862.
Library is responsible for providing the information services required
by all Members of the Legislature, their caucus and constituency staff
and the staff of the Legislature. Members of the Provincial Civil Service
are permitted to use the Library’s resources and to borrow materials;
the Library is also open to all citizens who may borrow through interlibrary
services are provided via the Library’s creation and maintenance
of specialized in-house and publicly accessible databases. The full
catalogue of the Library’s holdings is accessible online.
The Library provides services directly to the desktops of the Members
including current awareness products, newspaper articles and information
obtained from the vast array of databases to which the Library subscribes.
collection reflects the concerns of the Legislature and the needs of
the Members. Staff collect extensively in the areas of political science,
public administration, history, economics, and is a full deposit library
for Statistics Canada publications. The Library maintains a comprehensive
collection of all Nova Scotia government publications in any format
on behalf of the Province and produces a monthly and annual checklist
of these publications. The Library is also proud to maintain a large
collection of rare Novascotiana and Canadiana.
Library has a permanent staff of six and has offices and collections
in two other buildings.
contact information is:
P.O. Box 396
1726 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia
PH: (902) 424-5932
FAX: (902) 424-0220
Legislative Assembly website: