All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, except for the Western Watauga Branch Library, are currently open to the public. Masks are required to enter, and building capacities and length of visits will be reduced for the time being. 

Appalachian Regional Library is a network of libraries across northwestern North Carolina, encompassing Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties. The Appalachian Regional Library promotes knowledge, reading, and imagination; supports and encourages life­long learning; and contributes to the sense of community and the economic well­being of Ashe, Wilkes, and Watauga Counties.

Regional Leadership

Director of Libraries

Jane W. Blackburn
336-846-2041 ext. 104
336-838-2818 ext. 240
828-264-8784 ext. 22

Finance Officer

Tammy Holston
336-846-2041 ext. 102

Regional Technology Coordinator

Kilby Spencer

Board of Directors

Regional board meetings are held at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November.

Ashe: Jan Noffsinger, Doug Butler, JoAnne Crawley, Kyle Hall
Watauga: Sandra Basel, Roberta Jackson, Ala Sue Moretz
Wilkes: Carol Childers, Becky Bell, Beth Tharrington, Bill Davis, Jr.

Long Term Plan

The long-range plan for Appalachian Regional Library includes 12 goals within four service priorities.

Download the Long Range Plan (PDF)


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