Borrow By Mail is a free library outreach service provided for residents of the Annapolis Valley who live further than 10 kilometers from a library branch, or who are physically unable to visit a branch. Items are mailed return postage paid!
If you or someone you know could benefit from this service, contact our staff at 1-866-922-0229 or fill out our Borrow By Mail Registration Form. We will contact you by phone to finalize the registration.
Borrow By Mail Frequently Asked Questions:
How does Borrow by Mail work?
You can select items from our Online Catalogue. A wide variety of material in many categories is available. The size of the items and how they relate to your mailbox size is a factor to be considered. The items will be mailed to you return postage paid!
What is the loan period?
We allow 4 weeks from the time of mailing out until the item is due back at the library. That should allow you 3 weeks for the actual use of the item. Items may be renewed if there is no waiting list. You will receive notices if items become overdue, but there will be NO FINES charged (except on overdue Interlibrary Loan items and those borrowed from a branch location). You cannot borrow additional material if there are overdue items.
How many items can I have out at one time?
There is no limit on the number of items you may borrow, providing no other items are overdue. How many items can be mailed to you at one time will depend on the size of your mailbox and method of picking up your mail.
What if I don't know exactly which titles I want?
Our online catalogue can help. Specialized book-lists can be mailed or e-mailed to you if your prefer. The staff will be pleased to help you determine what suits your reading tastes!
If I am a Borrow by Mail patron, can I still use a branch library or bookmobile?
Yes! Your library card is valid for any service the Annapolis Valley Regional Library provides. Items signed out at a branch or at the bookmobile may have a different loan period. This may result in fines. Always consult staff regarding loan times so you are clear about when your item is due.
What if there is a delay with the postal service and my items are late getting back?
There are NO FINES charged (except on overdue Interlibrary Loan items and those borrowed from a branch location) on items signed out through the Borrow by Mail service. If enough time has elapsed that you receive an overdue notice regarding the returned items, please notify us immediately.