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. 

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.

Click here to 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), EducationParents 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


ALL Library-sponsored Programs have been canceled until further notice.

Click on a link below to view or print our calendars highlighting Children's Programs.



Check out our display called "Take a Staycation". It features. Something for everyone to do on the Outer Banks, plus books about the Outer Banks to check out. Enjoy!



4/7   Something She’s Not Telling Us by Darcy Bell

4/7   Broken by Don Winslow

4/7   The German Heiress by Anika Scott

4/7   You and Me and Us by Alison Hammer

4/7   Afterlife: A Novel by Julia Alvarez

4/14  Savage Son by Jack Carr

4/21  Walk the Wire by David Baldacci

4/21  Dead Land by Sara Paretsky

4/21  Masked Prey by John Sandford



Items in collection: 13,577
Internet computers: 4
Children’s computers: 1
Services Available:

  • WiFi
  • Copier (B&W)
  • Fax Service
  • Local history and genealogy collection
  • Weekly preschool programs
  • Summer Reading program

Services Delivered in FY 2018-2019

Items Borrowed: 16,165
Reference  Assistance: 1,062
Holds Placed: 2,744
Computer Sessions: 1,229
WiFi Sessions: 1,339
Door Count: 10,979



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