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Online Resources for Students

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The Dare County Library has many free print and electronic resources for students in grades K-12. Our electronic resources such as databases and eBooks can be accessed from home or school year-round.

Books for Dare County Schools Summer Reading Programs are available at the Dare County Library.


Battle of the Books and Dare County Schools summer reading list books are available for free at the Dare County Library with a Dare County Library card. Library borrowers can access both print books and eBooks.

Battle of the Books is a quiz bowl style competition sponsored by The North Carolina School Library Media Association (NCSLMA) and held locally by many Dare County Schools. Students across the state read books from a list selected by NCSLMA. Dare County Schools holds a local competition where students answer specific, detailed questions about the books. Whichever school’s team wins goes on to regional competitions with other counties, then state.

Battle of the Books titles are carefully selected and are great reading choices for children whether they are participating in the Battle of the Books program or not.

How to request a Dare County Schools reading program print book from your Dare County Library

At this time, due to the COVID-19 closure, if you would like to request a print copy you can place a hold request by calling your library branch or go to the Online Catalog at and use your library card number and PIN. When the book is available, library staff will call you to schedule an appointment for you to come to the library and use the curbside pick up service.

For details on how to search the online catalog, place a hold request, use the library’s curbside pick up, or how to get a library card, go to

How to access and request a Dare County Schools reading program eBook from Dare County Library eResources

Go to the Virtual Library at for information about using CloudLibrary and NC Kids Digital Library.

CloudLibrary allows holds on books if a copy is out. Look for the Elementary School, Middle School, and High School Battle of the Books 2020-2021 ribbons featured on the CloudLibrary homepage. You can search books by title also.

NC Kids Digital Library has eBooks available through grade 4. It has multiple copies available but does not allow holds.

What books are on the Schools Summer Reading Lists? What is available at the Dare County Library?

Dare County Schools Reading Programs are listed below and include how many copies are available at the Dare County Library in print or as CloudLibrary and NC Kids Digital Library eBooks.

NOTEKitty Hawk Elementary School reading programs include the Summer Reading List, the Early Elementary School Battle of the Books and the NC Elementary School Battle of the Books.  



Juvenile Fiction & Non-Fiction


For children in elementary and middle school, we have almost 11,000 stories and novels for you to browse. The Dare County Libraries also offer many titles from both the "Battle of the Books", "Fiction Diggers!" and "Accelerated Reader" school reading programs.


Our children's non-fiction collection supports school report needs and is also intended for recreational reading pertaining to children's hobbies and interests.

Additionally, books and other library materials from all eight libraries in the East Albemarle Regional Library System are available for you to borrow. Ask library staff how you can request that a book be sent to your closest library using our free delivery service.

Teen Collection

Age appropriate fiction and non-fiction books located in a separate teen area providing teens their own area of the library. We recognize that 13-16 year olds have unique reading needs for education, entertainment and enlightenment.


The library has developed a wide-ranging directory of free websites arranged by category. Students will find much of interest by scrolling to these categories: Kids' Space/Education/Teen Space and more!


A Dare County Library account provides access to eBooks, digital magazines, databases and more! These resources can be accessed 24/7 from any internet-capable device with internet access. If you are a student and don't have a library card, you can complete the form below and receive via email a library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number) that will allow you to access our digital resources.

The Dare County Library offers a wide array of digital resources; this webpage focuses on those of special interest to students in grades K-12. Complete information about all of our digital resources can be found  by clicking here.

 NC LIVE (North Carolina Libraries in Virtual Education) Homework Help includes:

full-text online newspaper, magazine, and encyclopedia articles, test preparation, writing help, science information, language learning, and more. Access for free with your 14-digit library card number. Select "East Albemarle Regional Library System" as your library. Click here to access NC LIVE.

eBooks for Children

The Dare County Library offers three separate platforms for children's eBooks:



TumbleBook Library offers over 1,100 simultaneous-use titles for preschoolers through grade 6. Access with your 14-digit library card number. There are also non-fiction titles and puzzles and games that are available for numerous TumbleBook Library titles.  

Cloud Library offeres popular eBooks and eAudiobooks for children in preschool through Grade 12. For eAudiobooks, look for the eAudiobook bookshelf or headphone icon on the cover. eBooks can be read on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Cloud Library titles are single use, meaning only one person can have a title out at a time. Titles can be placed on hold. You must first download the Cloud Library App to your device/ Access with your 14-digit library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number). Click here to access Cloud Library.

NC KIDS Digital Library offers over 5,000 titles for preschool through Grade 4. There are 1,000 titles for simultaneous use, meaning multiple people can have them out at the same time - look for the "never-ending reading" shelf.  Access with your 14-digit library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number). Click here to access NCKids.

Unite for LiteracyUnite for Literacy - eBook Collection

Free digital library of picture books narrated in English or several other languages. Great for Pre-K through Grade 3.

Change the screen text from English to Spanish. No holds or waiting, available to more than one borrower at a time.

Visit and enter Dare for the County.



Dare County local history is available using the Dare County Digital Heritage Collection and includes:

Dare County Times (1935-1945) and The Coastland Times (1951-2009) historical newspaper collection and Sea Chest magazine (award winning high school project documenting life on Hatteras Island and the Outer Banks). Both are fully searchable by keywords.

Online-Only Access to Dare County Library's Virtual Library

Students in Grades K-12 can now get access to our digital resources by getting an online-only Dare County Library card number.  DURING THE COVID-19 VIRUS CLOSURE, RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF ALL AGES CAN COMPLETE THIS FORM. 

Please complete the registration form below and you will receive via email a library card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number) that will allow you to access all of our digital resources.

NOTE: You will not be able to borrow physical items such as books or DVDs from the Dare County Library with this account. An "online only" account can easily be upgraded to full borrowing privileges when we receive a parental signature and proof of address in person at any of our Dare County Library locations.

DURING THE COVID-19 VIRUS CLOSURE, RESIDENTS AND PROPERTY OWNERS OF ALL AGES CAN COMPLETE THIS FORM.  We will email you your card number and PIN (Personal Identification Number) during weekday hours.

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This simplified form will allow us to create a free library account for Dare County students to access eBooks, databases, and other digital resources that require a library card account number. 

This free account CAN NOT be used to borrow books and other physical items from the Dare County Libraries, but can be upgraded to a full borrowing account in person at one of our libraries with a parent's signature and proof of address. 

Please note: completing this form assumes parental/guardian approval. 

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