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FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Library Locations

Beaufort Branch- Main Library
1702 Live Oak Street, Suite 100
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 648-7725

Bogue Banks Branch
320 Salter Path Road, Suite W
Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512
(252) 648-7726

Down East Branch
702 HWY 70 E. Otway
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 648-7729

Newport Branch
210 Howard Blvd.
Newport, NC 28570
(252) 648-7727

Western Carteret Branch
230 Taylor Notion Road
Cape Carteret, NC 28584
(252) 648-7728

State Library of NC


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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I log into OverDrive/Libby?

A: Simply click on the link or download the Libby app and sign in with your current library card. Your pin is the last four digits of the phone number you provided when you applied for your library card. If you already have the Libby app downloaded, you will need to change your home library to Carteret County Public Library System/North Carolina Digital Library. If you still have trouble logging in, please email us at, or call your local branch, and we will work to resolve your issue.


Q: When will the library allow patrons into the building?

A: The Library is now allowing in-person services at all of our locations. We ask that all patrons wear masks while inside the branch.


Q: Can I still use my CPC Regional Library Card?

A: We are currently accepting your CPC Regional Library card at all Carteret County Public Library branches. If you want to use it with the Regional Library system, you will need to re-apply for a non-resident card with the Regional Library. Any associated activity with that account prior to July 1st is unavailable to local staff. You are welcome to call the CP Regional Library for more information. 


Q: How can I get a new Library Card?

A: You can apply online for a card here. Or you can call your local branch and apply over the phone! 


Q: I have library books from another county, what should I do?

A: Feel free to return any library book to any location that is convenient to you. We will make sure it finds its way home.


Q: What does it mean that the library is a “county agency”?

A: The Carteret County Public Library System is now administrated directly by Carteret County Government. The Carteret County Board of Commissioners voted last year to leave the CPC Regional Library in favor of local administration of the five county library branches.


Q: When will NC Cardinal be available?

A: NC Cardinal is now available! You can access your account here.


Q: Where can I take my book donations?

A: The Carteret County Public Library System is not accepting book donations at this time. You may reach out to our individual Friends of the Library groups or one of our other local charities.


Q: How can I customize my NC Cardinal Account?

A: We have a handy tutorial for you!