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Library and Information Resources : NS Labour and Workforce Development, Information and Business Services

Books, journals, reports, databases and videos are some of the information resources available through Library and Information Resources. The Library assists staff in their work-related activities with research and loan services.

Members of the public are also welcome to conduct research, borrow circulating materials through the interlibrary loan process, and view public documents. Appointments are required.

Library Hours:

For appointments, please call: (902) 722-1318
Monday - Friday, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Closed on statutory holidays


The library book collection covers a wide range of subjects pertaining to Labour and Workforce Development issues. These subjects include:

  • Air Quality
  • Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Technologies
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Labour Law
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Public Safety
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water Resources Development

Special Collections:

  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Halifax Harbour Reports
  • Industry Standards
  • Nova Scotia Reports
  • Occupational Health and Safety videos
  • Uranium Exploration and Mining

Non-Circulating Materials:

Items that must be used in the Library include:

  • Industry Standards
  • Journals
  • Microfiche
  • Reference Materials

Labour and Workforce Development Acts and Regulations

Full text hard copies of Nova Scotia Labour and Workforce Development Acts and Regulations can be ordered online through Goverment Publications. Online full text versions are also available on our Legislation page.


Library Catalogue:

The library's holdings can be searched using the in-house catalogue.

Subscriber Databases:

The Department offers a number of online databases, available by subscription:

  • Labour Agreements
  • Grievance Arbitrations
  • Labour Relations Board/Construction Industry Panel Decisions
  • Labour Standards Tribunal Decisions
  • Workers' Compensation Appeals Tribunal/Workers' Compensation Board/Internal Appeals Decisions

Free Databases:

These databases do not require a subscription.

Public Services

  • Reference services
  • Interlibrary Loan requests must be made through local public, academic or special libraries.
  • Loans: three week loan, one renewal for books and videos.
  • Research service fees:
    • 15 mins = $11.25
    • 30 mins = $22.50
    • 45 mins = $33.75
    • 1 hour = $45.00


Faxing is available to external clients at a cost of $10.00 per fax plus photocoping charges.


Photocopying is available at a cost of 20 cents per page. All photocopying is subject to the Canadian Copyright Act

Interlibrary Loans:

Interlibrary loan requests are accepted from all libraries. The loan period is three weeks, with one renewal. There are no fees for interlibrary loans