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FAQs

How can I find out what the library owns?
Our online catalog is available from any Internet-accessible computer. Just point your web browser to http:www.earlibrary.org

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 Pasquotank-Camden, Currituck and Corolla Libraries.

How do I get a library card?
Library Cards are issued to all who present a satisfactory form of identification with current address. Children under the age of 14 must have a parent or guardian's signature on the card application.
Library cards from each library are honored at any of the EARL libraries.


How long may I borrow materials?
Most materials check out for three weeks. You may renew materials either in person or over the telephone for an additional three weeks, as long as no one else has requested them. Some very high demand books may have a shorter loan period.




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. For your convenience, there are book drops located in front of each of the libraries.

There are additional book drops in Currituck and Dare counties. In Currituck County, book drops are at Moyock Shopping Plaza, Currituck County Historic Courthouse, Grandy Shopping Center, Shawboro, at superior Water Systems, and Point Harbor, by Bayside Furniture. In Dare County, book drops are 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.


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. If you have fines, call the Library to renew items and stop fines from accruing.


What if I can't find what I'm 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 library doesn't have what I am looking for?
We will often purchase new books of general interest that a patron requests. We also offer an Inter-Library Loan service, where we request materials to be sent from public and academic libraries throughout the state and country. This is a free service, unless we are charged additional fees by the lending library.

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 courier service, then notify you when it arrives.

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Services

Courier
Library users can borrow items from other branches within the system. A free courier service allows the exchange of materials between the libraries of the system. Users may also borrow items from libraries nation-wide through interlibrary loan.

Computers
Internet accessible computers with productivity and educational software are available at each library. Call your branch for information about free computer classes for the public.


Programs
The Library system regularly offers children's programs such as storytimes and summer reading programs. Periodically, other programs are offered for children, teens, and adults. Because of the variety, please call your library for more information.



Outreach
The libraries reach out to people in the communities using the Pasquotank-Camden bookmobile and Currituck and Dare vans. Outreach serves daycares, nursing homes, and shut-ins.

Other services
Photocopiers, fax, typewriters, microfilm reader/printers are available in most branches. Tax forms are available seasonally. Meeting rooms are available for not-for-profit groups in many of the libraries.



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Resources

Resources
Library materials in a variety of formats are available for all age groups. Our resources include books, magazines, audiobooks, CDs, videocassettes, newspapers, microfilm, and online databases. Special collections include North Carolina, genealogy, large-type and reference. Home access to NC LIVE, LearningExpress, and HeritageQuest databases is available to patrons with an East Albemarle Regional Library card. NC LIVE is an online reference library including full text magazine and newspaper articles, LearningExpress offers practice examinations, and HeritageQuest provides genealogical information.


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What We Do

What We Do
The East Albemarle Regional Library System (EARL) is a regional system providing public library services to the residents and visitors to Camden, Currituck, Dare, and Pasquotank counties in Northeastern North Carolina. The six libraries in Barco, Corolla, Elizabeth City, Hatteras, Kill Devil Hills and Manteo share an online catalog, website, and collections. The administrative office is located in the Pasquotank-Camden Library in Elizabeth City.

Our Mission is to provide adults and children of four counties with information in a variety of formats, support to students in educational programs, assistance in finding and using information, materials and programs for personal growth, and current materials for recreational use.


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