eBooks, eMagazines, & eResources

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Within Dare County, there are currently 50 computers for staff and public use in the 3 libraries, including 23 PC’s with access to the internet and/or our web-based card catalog, plus public-use computers with MS Office programs. Wi-Fi access is also available.

With your Dare County Library Card, you have free access to eBooks, eMagazines, and many other eResources including, lifelong learning online courses, a resume builder, and driving practice tests. Please call your library if you need assistance.

Dare County students can now create a free library account to access eBooks, databases and other digital resources that require a library card number. Students can fill out the form here.

   CLOUD LIBRARY – Popular eBooks and eAudios

Read free, popular eBooks on an iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Android-based tablet or phone, Kindle Fire, or windows-based or Mac OS/X computer. Titles can also be transferred from a windows-based computer to an eReader device such as Nook, Sony or Kobo. 

eAudiobooks are also available for your listening pleasure.  look for the eAudio bookshelf or headphone icon on the cover.

To get started you will need to download the appropriate application for your device or software from Cloud Library. 

To access Cloud Library eBooks, you will need your 14-digit Dare County Library card barcode number, and also the PIN that you use to access your online account for renewals and placing holds through our online catalog. This PIN will act as the password for the Cloud Library. If you need a PIN or have forgotten your PIN, please call or stop by the library.

We've developed an instruction sheet with screen shots and information about the Cloud library's many features. These instructions are for the PC APP, but the Cloud Library will appear and act very similar no matter what device or platform you are using.

Important: We encourage you to return your CloudLibrary eBook or AudioBook as soon as you are finished with it. Releasing it earlier than the 14-day loan will allow another customer to borrow it sooner. Click here to learn how to return a CloudLibrary eBook or AudioBook early. 

RBdigital (formerly "Zinio") — eMagazines

Read your favorite popular magazines cover to cover, including the latest and previous "back" issues, on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. There are no holds, waiting, or checkout periods or limit to the number of magazine issues you can have at one time. RBdigital (formerly "Zinio") is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from work, school, or home.

You will need to enter your 14-digit library card number and an email address to access RBdigital. If you need help, click on help at the bottom of the RBdigital homepage, or call your library. Click here to access RBdigital — eMagazines

For more information about RBdigital, please click here 

TumbleBooks – eBooks for Kids

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books that teach kids in preschool through grade six the joy of reading. TumbleBookLibrary has read-along picture books, early readers, chapter books, graphic novels, classic stories, and non-fiction books, videos, puzzles, and games. TumbleBookLibrary is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from home. Many of the books will not work with Microsoft Internet Explorer or Edge browsers.  Chrome is recommended. You will need to enter your 14-digit library card number to access TumbleBookLibrary.

For more information about TumbleBook Library, please click here.

NEW: These additional TumbleBook Collections (for Children, Teens and Adults) are now available FREE from home with NO LOG ON through August 31, 2020 courtesy of TumbleBooks. Read as many eBooks as you want, when you want, and on any device that has internet. There are no check-out periods to worry about, no waiting or holds, no bulky downloads and they support more than one user at a time. Click on the links below to access these new free collections.

TumbleMath (Grades K-6 Math eBooks)

TeenBook Cloud (1,000 in the collection for Grades 7-12. Includes eBooks, Graphic Novels, AudioBooks, AP English and teacher resources.)

AudioBook Cloud (streaming AudioBooks for ALL AGES, children through adult)

RomanceBook Cloud (over 1700 eBook romances for Adults)


  NC Kids Digital Library - eBooks for Kids

NC Kids Digital Library has over 5,000 eBooks for preschoolers through Grade 4. Over 1,000 of these can be borrowed by more than one user at the same time. (Look for the "Never-Ending Reading" shelf for these titles or click on "Always Available" at the top of the home page.) Access with your 14-digit Dare County Library Card barcode and library-assigned PIN. Select "East Albemarle Regional Library" (not "Albemarle Regional Library") as your library. Borrow up to 5 eBooks at a time. eBooks and audiobooks check out for 14 days. Read in a browser or download APP for PC, Chromebook, Mac, Apple devices, Android, or Kindle Fire.

For more information about NC Kids Digital Library, please click here.



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 www.uniteforliteracy.com and enter Dare for the County.


Universal Class

Learn anything, anytime, anywhere with Universal Class online courses for your professional and personal growth. There are over 500 online non-credit continuing education courses, each 10- to 20-hours long, but because you learn at your own pace, you can take up to six months to complete each course. Learn job and career skills, academic topics, hobbies, language learning, and more. You can even correspond with an instructor via email. Universal Class is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from work, school, or home.

You will need to enter your 14-digit library card number and email address to access Universal Class.

For more information about Universal Class, please click here.

Cypress Resume

Cypress Resume is an easy to use and effective tool for resume writing. It is designed for non-writers, so inexperienced applicants can create professional-looking resumes that will stand out in the job market. Cypress Resume is available through NC LIVE. When prompted for the library, select "East Albemarle Regional Library" then enter your 14 digit library card number to access Cypress Resume.

Dare County Digital Heritage Collection

Click here for free online access to searchable images of local historical newspapers, magazines, and genealogy from any internet computer in the library or from home, school, or work. We recommended that you use the Advanced Search to get the best search results.

Dare County Times/Coastland Times — The Dare County Digital Heritage collection contains an online digital archive and searchable index covering over 70 years of past issues of the Dare County Times (1935-1945) and The Coastland Times (1951-2009) newspapers that document life on the Outer Banks, North Carolina during this historic period. Funding for this project is from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the Dare County Library and through an agreement between Times Printing Company, Inc. (publisher of the Dare County Times and The Coastland Times newspapers) and the Dare County Library.

Gregory Williams Outer Banks Genealogy Collection — The Gregory Williams Outer Banks Genealogy Collection contains Outer Banks family names, family group sheets and pedigree charts dating from the mid-1700s to the mid-1990s. This is a small sampling of the complete Collection housed in the Manteo Library. Funding for the online Gregory Williams Outer Banks Genealogy Collection was provided by Dare County Library.

The Sea Chest is an online collection includes 23 issues of Sea Chest magazine (1973-2002), an award winning student magazine from Cape Hatteras School. Sea Chest covers Hatteras Island culture and history through news articles, interviews and photographs of times gone by. This digitization project is made possible through funding from the Dare County Library and through an agreement between Cape Hatteras Secondary School (publisher of the Sea Chest magazine) and the Dare County Library.

NC Live - North Carolina Libraries for Virtual Education

Please note: when prompted you will need to select "East Albemarle Regional Library System" as your library, and then enter your 14-digit library card.

NC LIVE is an online collection of regional and national magazines, journals, newspapers, audiobooks, eBooks (including HomeGrown titles from North Carolina publishers), videos, genealogy, test preparation, language learning, health information, literature, information about local and national businesses, and more. NC LIVE is available to registered borrowers of the Dare County Library in the library or from work, school, or home.

Enter your search topic in the NC LIVE Search box and results will display organized by eBooks, videos, or articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. For more information about NC LIVE, please click here.

Or search a specific NC LIVE resource from those listed by subject in the NC LIVE Browse Categories.
Here are links to just some of the many NC LIVE resources you may want to try:

Driving Test - Free NC DMV practice tests

Free DMV practice tests for North Carolina car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license (CDL). Includes several road sign, fines, and permit tests. Hints are available and your answers are scored immediately, showing correct answers. There is no login required. Simply click here to get started.


DMV Permit Tests - Free NC DMV Permit practice tests

DMV permit practice tests for North Carolina car and motorcycle driver's licenses. Includes ten road sign and permit practice tests. There is no login required. Simply click here to get started.