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The Legislative Library is the official depository for Nova Scotia government publications and maintains as complete a collection as possible. Through exchange agreements, the Library has acquired a strong collection of federal publications as well as publications from other provinces. There is an extensive collection of legislative materials (i.e., debates, journals, bills and statutes) from federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions. The library holds a comprehensive collection of Statistics Canada publications.
The Novascotiana collection is the pride of the Legislative Library. Over 21,000 volumes by Nova Scotians or about Nova Scotia provide background and insights into our history, culture, politics and notable figures. New titles are added regularly. Among the finest gems in this collection are the approximately 100 early and first edition works by Thomas Chandler Haliburton. To the delight of historical researchers, the Library has directories and almanacs dating back as early as 1790. The Library also houses a complete collection of the Nova Scotia Journals of the House of Assembly since the first Assembly in 1758.
Other special collections include such items as Army Lists from 1759 to 1901 and Great Britain legislative materials such as the Statutes at Large, the Debates of the House of Lords and the Debates of House of Commons.