Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 


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The Dare County Library locations are closed and so are our Book Drops until further notice.

If you have library materials out, NO OVERDUE FINES will be charged while we are closed. We prefer that customers hold onto the materials they currently have out. We are automatically “updating” the due date of everything checked out since March 1 (we closed on March 16). Again, NO fines will be charged on any items during the weeks we are closed.

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.

Out of an abundance of safety for our library staff, and to conserve our limited supply of gloves and disinfectant, we will be closing our book drops until further notice.

We also ask that no one bring or leave “donations” of personal used books at this 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 when this is all over!

But 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

Click here for a Virtual Library Guide that contains links to our online eResources.

Click here to 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.


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

Need Assistance?

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. 

Manteo Library
700 Highway 64/264
Manteo, NC 27954
Phone: 252.473.2372

Hatteras Library
Hatteras Community Building
56658 NC Highway 12
Hatteras, NC 27943
Phone: 252.986.2385

Kill Devil Hills Library
400 Mustian Street
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone: 252.441.4331

LIBRARY ENRICHMENT SERIES: Cancelled Until Further Notice.