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Dare County operates three libraries located in Manteo, Kill Devil Hills, and Hatteras. As part of the East Albemarle Regional Library System, Dare County borrowers have access to materials owned by Barco, Corolla, and Moyock libraries in Currituck County, and the Camden County Library, as well as the Pasquotank County Library in Elizabeth City. Items are regularly shared between the libraries within the regional system as a free service. A two or three time-per-week courier exchange allows for the timely delivery of requested items between libraries.  

Finding material at the Dare County Libraries is convenient and easy. Search for a book on-line from any internet-accessible computer. Registered users can access their account, place hold requests, and renew borrowed items. A knowledgeable and friendly staff is also available to answer questions and help find library resources.

Library cards are valid at any facility in the East Albemarle Regional Library System. Any Dare County resident or property owner) Anyone with valid identification may borrow library materials free of charge. Children are encouraged to utilize the Dare County library system; however, parents must sign for children under 18 years of age. Serving the needs of children is an important part of the mission of the Dare County Library. Each location has a wide selection of children’s books for every interest and reading ability. See Children’s Services for a comprehensive list of the many library programs available for children of all ages.

The Dare County Library provides the opportunity for everyone in the community to have access to the internet. Computers workstations are available at no cost on a first-come first served basis. Free Wi-Fi service is offered for laptop users at all Dare County Library locations. Printers and copiers are also available at a nominal charge.

Non-profit groups may reserve meeting rooms at the Kill Devil Hills and Manteo Libraries for non-commercial events that are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, contact a Dare County Library. 


Local policies within those set by the Regional Library Board are set by an 8 member Dare County Library Board appointed by the Dare County Commissioners, one of whom is also a member of that board.

The East Albemarle Regional Library Board is the governing board and is comprised of three members from each of the four local County library boards – Camden, Currituck, Dare and Pasquotank.