Halifax Central Library, Halifax

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Step into Halifax Central Library, where the building draws as much attention as the books. Halifax's largest public library features a dramatic fifth-floor cantilever over the entrance plaza. Inside, take the crisscrossed staircases to access the large collection of books. Take a break from reading and buy a refreshment on the rooftop terrace cafe, one of two cafes on site. Kids can also enjoy the play area or one of the many games available. Check ahead for any events that may be on during your visit. Add Halifax Central Library and other attractions to your Halifax trip itinerary using our Halifax online driving holiday planner.
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  • Walking by and thought it would be worthwhile to stop in to see. Interesting lines both inside and out. Loved the art installation along the main wall on the first floor.  more »
  • One of our favourite places to visit when we come to Halifax. Such a wonderful community space. A not to miss landmark.  more »
  • One of Canada’s best I’m a library lover, visited hundreds across Canada and the USA, this still fairly new build has won awards for design and environmental innovation. So many awesome spaces in this building, if you come, make time to explore. Top level is breathtaking with the views and outdoor patio?! Insanely awesome. Best bonus, coffee shop “Pavia” on main floor and top floor has fabulous espresso and healthy food. Explore, enjoy.
  • Definitely the best library in Halifax. It’s modern and the architecture is awesome. This whole area in general is one of my favourite places in Halifax. The library is at the centre of this. Occasionally there will be very specific books that are unavailable for long periods of time, and homeless people tend to lounge but those are some of the things you have to deal with in any decently sized city. I have also attended a few live events in their auditorium which are FREE! I’ve seen everything from opera to poetry jams being held there. It’s a great thing to do for people of all ages.

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