Terry Punch Research Library

The Research Room is open to members and the public during open hours. Please consult the GANS website for scheduled open hours to ensure availability. We operate entirely with Volunteers, so it is always a good idea to check ahead. If you have any inquiries, please phone 902-454-0322.
The Research Room has a laptop, dedicated scanner and a printer. Copy services are also available. Free WIFI is available on site.  Researchers are encouraged to bring their own laptops. Free onsite access is available to .
All materials in the Research Room are reference use only and are not available for loan. The GANS library consists of genealogical guides, handbooks, reference sources, family and local histories and other books and materials that focus on Nova Scotia. The collection does include sources from other provinces, Great Britain and the United States. GANS would be pleased to accept donations of family histories.
Library records can be easily searched using the ONLINE LIBRARY CATALOGUE
The catalogue is searchable by title, author or keyword. You can search from home or at the Library.  The website module for the catalogue allows searchers to find materials in both print and electronic formats. 
The catalogue can be searched using the following drop down menu selections:
Regions (lists specific regions to select that narrows down your search)
Subject (key word subject listings can be selected to narrow down your search)
Surname (surnames are not inclusive for all materials in the collection)
You can also enter your own search parameters using:
Call Number (GANS books are classified using the Library of Congress system)
Description (not all materials have a description)
Surname (same results as the drop down surname search option)
All Listed Fields (can search in any of the above fields at once)
Unless you are looking for a specific title, begin with a broad search by using several terms. Too many results? Narrow it down to a key word or surname.  As you select more search parameters and narrow down your search, your results will be more specific.