How do I get a library card?Library cards are issued free of charge to residents of Dare County as well as Dare County property owners. For adults, we require proper identification with your current address, such as a current driver's license. If your picture ID does not have your present address (for example, if you have recently moved), you can also bring in a current utility bill as proof of address. Parents or legal guardian must sign for children under 18 years of age.
Library cards are honored at all libraries of the East Albemarle Regional Library System, which are: Barco, Corolla, and Moyock in Currituck County, the Camden County Library, the Pasquotank County Library in Elizabeth City, and the Dare County Libraries in Manteo, Hatteras and Kill Devil Hills.
How can I find out what the library has available?Our online catalog is available from any Internet-accessible device at East Albemarle Regional Library System. Our catalog allows you to search an individual library or the combined holdings of the three libraries in Dare County (Manteo, Hatteras, and Kill Devil Hills) as well as the Camden, Barco, Corolla, Moyock, and Pasquotank Libraries.
What if I lose my library card?Please notify us immediately. You are responsible for all items checked out on your library card.
How long is my library card good for?Cards are valid for one year. Each year, customers are required to verify that the information on file for them is accurate and complete.
Library customers are responsible for notifying the library promptly of any substantive change to their information, including name, address, phone number, and email address.
How do I donate used books to the library?The library gladly accepts donations of 'gently used' books. Many used books are added to our collection or swapped out to replace well used copies of titles that we already own. We do not accept used textbooks or items in unsellable condition. If you have a large number of books to donate, please call ahead as our storage space is limited. The library is unable to offer a tax value for any used books donated to us. Donated items we choose not to add to our collection are put in our on-going used book sale. All proceeds of this sale benefit the Dare County Library's programs and collections.
Dare County Library Summer Reading Program Registration starts the week of July 6th. For details about the program and how to register, click here.
Curbside Pick Up: By appointment, no contact curbside pick up of your hold requests at each library branch!
To place your requests for available materials, call Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or use the Online Catalog at anytime. When they are available, library staff will call you to schedule an appointment so you can pick up your items at the library using our no contact curbside pick up. If you have items to return, the book drop in front of your library is now available to use, as well as book drops in Southern Shores, Nags Head and Rodanthe. Please, no donated items at this time.
To learn how to place a hold request using our Online Catalog, click Here.
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The Dare County Library locations are closed to the public until further notice.
As of June 4, 2020, Dare County Library book drops are now available, except for the book drop at the Fessenden Center. Please return your checked out books once you are done with them to the book drop at your library or the remote book drop located in Southern Shores, Nags Head or Rodanthe.
We ask that no one bring or leave “donations” of personal used books at this time.
If you have library materials out, NO OVERDUE FINES will be charged while we are closed. We automatically updated the due date of everything checked out since March 1st with a June 10th book return date. For customers who checked out books before March 1st, we will contact you to remind you of items you still have out.
Following CDC guidance, items that are returned must be handled carefully, since COVID-19 may live on plastic for up to 72 hours. A majority of our books are covered in mylar jackets, as well as plastic DVD and Book on CD cases. Therefore, even if you return an item in a book drop, they may still remain on your library account for several days before they are checked in by library staff.
Again, NO overdue fines will be charged on any items returned during the weeks we are closed. We thank you for your patience and cooperation during this unusual time.
If you have any questions, you can call the library during weekday hours. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you all in person again!
Our Virtual Library never closes!
To learn more about our digital offerings such as eBooks, eAudiobooks, Digital Magazines, and non-credit online courses that you can get from home 24/7 using your internet device, please visit darenc.com/VirtualLibrary
Browse the Virtual Library Guide that contains links to our online eResources.
Visit our Dare County Library e-Guide website that includes our online eResources, plus other free online resources and local community information in response to the COVID-19 virus closure.
Visit our Dare County Library Stay At Home e-Guide website that has interesting ways to spend your time at home during this COVID-19 virus closure. Learn something new, have fun visiting author web pages, do a puzzle, see a tutorial about using your iPad, Kindle, or CloudLibrary eBooks.
In addition, under our Regional library homepage WebLinks you will find a wide variety of recommended websites available free. WebLinks Categories are arranged alphabetically. For example, under Kids’ Space, there are links to Khan Academy, Scholastic Learn at Home, Cool Math 4 Kids and many others. Other WebLinks categories that may be of interest include eResources (that includes Project Gutenberg eBooks), Education, Parents Corner and Teen Space. Visit www.youseemore.com/EARL/readyref.asp
Unsure how to use our online resources?
You need a Dare County Library card and a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to access many of our eResources. If you already have a library card, but not a PIN, please call the library during weekday hours (until further notice) and we can set you up with a PIN.
Don't have a Dare County Library card?
You can easily sign up for one from home. Visit:
This site is usually reserved for students only, but during the remainder of our COVID-19 closure, Dare County Residents and Property Owners of all ages can apply for a card from home. During weekday hours staff will turn your application around quickly and email you your library barcode as well as your PIN (Personal Identification Number) so you can gain access to these resources.
Call any of the Dare County Libraries weekdays during daytime hours. A staff person will be happy to set up your account and tell you more about our digital resources.
Manteo 473-2372 Hatteras 986-2385 Kill Devil Hills 441-4331
"The library is central to our free society. It is a critical element in the free exchange of information at the heart of our democracy." - Andrew Carnegie
Providing information and resources in an atmosphere of helpfulness is the mission of the Dare County Library. A wide range of programs and services are readily available at all Dare County Libraries for children, teens, and adults. There are evening and Saturday hours in all three Dare County Libraries; please call or check the branch information website for specific hours of service.
700 Highway 64/264
Manteo, NC 27954
Hatteras Community Building
56658 NC Highway 12
Hatteras, NC 27943
Kill Devil Hills Library
400 Mustian Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
LIBRARY ENRICHMENT SERIES: Cancelled Until Further Notice.