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.
When is my card blocked?
Library cards are blocked and further borrowing is restricted when someone owes over $5.00 in fines, or has overdue or lost library materials on their account.
Borrowing rights are reinstated when you reduce the amount of fines owed to below $5.00, and/or return overdue materials and/or pay for lost materials. The Dare County Libraries accept checks or cash for payment.
How do I access my account online?
From numerous locations on our Online Catalog look for 'My Account'. By logging into 'My Account' via a secure password, you have private access to your account, so you can see a list of all the items you currently have out and their due date. You can also renew items you have out and place hold requests for materials owned by any of the EARL libraries. To access 'My Account' you will need to have your library card, and library staff will need to set you up with a PIN (Personal Identification Number).
Detailed information on the 'My Account' feature is available here.
What if I can't find what I am looking for?
Library staff is available to assist you in person or over the phone. The library offers reference assistance. No matter what you are looking for, we're here to help!
What if the item I want is checked out?
We will be happy to reserve it for you. If the item is held by any of the other EARL libraries, we can get it sent to the library most convenient to you via our two or three times per week courier service. We will notify you when it arrives by phone call or email, whichever you prefer. Holds/requests can also be placed via our website. You will need to call or stop by the library so we can set up your account with a PIN (Personal Identification Number), so you can make use of this feature.
What if I can't find what I am looking for?
We will often purchase new books of general interest that a patron requests, as our funding allows. We also offer an Inter-Library Loan service, where we request that materials be sent from public and academic libraries throughout the state and country. There is a nominal fee for this service to help defray the cost of postage.
What about overdue charges?
Fines are 10' per day. There is a five-day grace period before fines start accruing, but after five days, the fine reverts to the original due date. Our customers can select to have email 'courtesy reminders' automatically sent 48 hours before an item becomes due. If you have fines, please call the Library to renew items and stop charges from accruing. Items that are not yet overdue can also be renewed via the Internet at www.earlibrary.org Click on 'My Account' or 'Patron Review'. You will need to call or stop by the library so we can set up your account with a PIN (Personal Identification Number), so you can make use of this feature. Detailed information on the 'My Account' feature is available here.
How do I request materials?
If the item you want is checked out, we will be happy to reserve it for you. You can do this in person, over the phone, or by logging into 'My Account' via our Online Catalog. You will need to call or stop by the library so we can set up your account with a PIN (Personal Identification Number), so you can make use of this feature.
If the item is held by any of the other EARL libraries, we can get it sent to the library most convenient to you via our frequent courier service, then notify you when it arrives. Persons with 'arrived holds' will be to be notified by phone or email. Materials are held for three (3) business days after notification.
Where can I return my library materials?
You can return library materials to any of the libraries in the Region, no matter which library owns them, or which library you borrowed them from. For your convenience, there are book drops located in front of each of the libraries and in Southern Shores at the Town Hall, Nags Head at the Town Hall, Rodanthe between Hotline and the EMS Station, and Buxton at the Fessenden Center.
How long may I borrow materials?
Most library materials check out for three weeks. You may renew materials in person, over the telephone or via the Internet for an additional three weeks, as long as no one else has requested them. Some very high demand items may have a shorter loan period.