Please note, The Family Library remains closed at this time due to Covid-19 restrictions. Reopening date to be determined.
The library collection includes hundreds of books (and some videos) about medical conditions, child and youth development, grief and loss, parenting, mental health, newborn care, and women's and maternal health. It also offers English and French movies and video games for in-hospital use, picture books, comic books, toys and puzzles, and novels for all ages. There’s a small multicultural section with some books in Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Mi'kmaq, as well as a large French section.
The library has computer workstations and a printer available for families. Families may use the Internet or send email in the library while they are visiting IWK Health. We can help you find and print health articles. We can also mail articles to your home.
How it works
- Patients, families, staff, volunteers, and the public may borrow books for two weeks. Renewals can be done by phone at 902-470-8351 or in person.
- Items can be returned in the yellow Returns Box across from the library and next to the Heart & Hearth Café entrance.
- Patients and families may borrow two video games and four movies at a time (for in-hospital patient use only). They are due back by the end of the next business day.
- Patients and families will also have access to the library's movies and video games cart on weekends. The cart will be in the Ronald McDonald Family Room (entrance is on level 2 in the Gallery). The cart will be there after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays until Monday morning, and on holidays.