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.
Research and Resources
Business Center and Educational Services
Our Virtual Business Station provides self service scanning direct to email and faxing. We are also happy to receive faxes through our library's fax line. Faxes may be sent or received for $1.50 per page.
We offer Notary Services during most working days, please call ahead to ensure a notary is on site. There is a $5 fee for this service.
Proctoring services are available. Please contact the reference desk to set up a proctor. There is a fee of $10 per exam.
Are you an adult in need of literacy training? Contact Wilkes Literacy. Wilkes Literacy is a local non profit that provides one-on-one tutoring for adults as well as classes for ESL learners.
This online collection of ebooks, newspapers, journals, magazines, films, and more is available to all library card holders. If you are accessing these resources from home, you will need to select your library (Appalachian Regional Library) and enter your library card number to access some NC Live offerings. A few popular resources as well as an A to Z list of all NC Live's resources (and then some!) are listed below:
This information guide lists all available NC Live resources as well as reliable sources of information available on the open web.
This downloadable eBook collection of fiction and nonfiction titles is curated from North Carolina publishers who encourage you to see what's in season, learn something local, and find something novel!
Discover a wealth of information including trade publications, market research data, and business plan resources.
Find eBooks, videos, and guides to thousands of medical conditions or search by condition to access reliable wellness information.
This collection includes student and community newspapers from schools and towns around North Carolina and is an excellent resource for historical research.
This resource provides full text access to more than 1,100 major U.S. regional, national, international, and local newspapers as well as thousands of images and radio and TV transcripts.
Begin researching your family history with this collection of records and user-created content. This resource is available to all patrons within the library building.
Library patrons in good standing may request up to five titles at a time through our interlibrary loan service. To find titles that may be available, start your search with World Cat. Then, visit the Information Desk on the upper level of the library to make a request. The fee for interlibrary loan requests is the cost of return postage for each item borrowed, and lending periods vary according to the policies of the lending institution. Patrons must call the library to request renewals for interlibrary loan items.
This is a one-stop online resource for job seekers and employers in North Carolina. Job seekers can search for jobs, create resumes, and find education and training. Employers can find candidates, post jobs, and search labor market information.
Résumés, Résumé Help, and Job Search Help Sessions
Our library's public computers all have Microsoft Word (2016 version), which can be used to make a résumé for job-searching. The Library offers one-on-one help sessions, by appointment, for making a résumé or for using the NCWorks Online web site.
The library subscribes to the print version of this popular consumer education publication and provides on-site access to the online version. If you would like to access digital issues and magazine archives, please visit the Information Desk on the upper level of the library.
Display & Exhibits
Display cases and Display Walls are available for local artists and collectors. Please call for information about scheduling a display or exhibit.
Books and Beans
Our Books and Beans coffee station offers a variety of hot and cold beverages, snacks, and a microwave. Hot drinks may be purchased for $1.25 ($1.00 if you have your own cup with a lid) and cold beverages are available for $1.00. Prices for snacks vary.