Due to rising infection rates, Appalachian Regional Library has resumed curbside and virtual-only services. We will provide updates as soon as we're able to safely re-open our buildings to the public.
About Adult Services
Our librarians are happy to help you find the perfect book, begin researching a paper, find information online, help you download eBooks from the library, or answer just about any question you might have!
We welcome students and other individuals to utilize our three tutor rooms, each of which is equipped with a built-in desk and two office chairs, for quiet study. If you would like to use or reserve one of our other meeting rooms for group study, please contact us at 336.846.2041 x111 or visit the information desk on the upper level of the library.
The Heritage Room boasts an unparalleled collection of local history and genealogy information about Ashe County, North Carolina. Out-of-town visitors and local residents alike are welcome to visit the Heritage Room to conduct their own research. Use of the collection is free, and an orientation to the collection is available during regular library hours. Anyone with an interest in Ashe County’s history will find the Heritage Room worth a visit! Also, neighboring libraries in Watauga County and Wilkes County have genealogy and local history rooms that are open for research.
Our computer lab is equipped with fifteen computers and a self-service print station and is designated for quiet study only. In addition, we have five other desktop computers and four laptops available for in-library use only. There are two black-and-white copiers, one located on the upper level of the library and one on the main level near the circulation desk. Costs for printing are 10¢ per page for black-and-white and 50¢ per page for color. There is a fax machine located on the main level of the library, and the cost to send at fax is $1.50 per page. We also have two flatbed scanners and an overhead scanner, and there is no cost for using the scanners. If you have questions about the public computers, wifi access, scanning, or printing, please ask one of our information wizards or contact us at 336.846.2041 x111.
Information Literacy & Library Orientation Classes
Our reference staff serve as librarians to the students of the Ashe Campus of Wilkes Community College. If you are an instructor and would like us to provide information literacy instruction for your class, please complete the Information Literacy Request Form. Our reference staff will contact you to confirm these requests. If you are a student, come see us! Our librarians will be glad to help you begin your research, request materials for you, offer citation assistance, and more.
The library sponsors a yearly reading challenge for all ages. This year's reading challenge categories range from "A book about travel" to "A book that's out of this world" to "A book set on a boat". Although all of these attributes could be ascribed to a single book, each book may only be used to satisfy a single challenge. We think this year's challenges are a good mix between the general (so you can include many of the books you would have read anyway) and the specific (so you have to read some books you never would have chosen on your own). Our library sponsors this challenge for two very important reasons: to promote literacy in our community and have fun doing it. If these goals float your boat, we hope you'll join us on this literary voyage! Visit the Reading Challenge website to get started.
Our reference staff provide remote proctoring services for students. Students seeking to schedule a proctored exam must call us at 336.846.2041 x111 or email us at least two weeks prior to the desired exam date. Our reference staff will contact you to confirm your request.
Library patrons in good standing may request up to five titles at a time through our interlibrary loan service. 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.
Request Library Materials
Do you want a book that the library doesn't own? Let us know! Call us at 336.846.2041 x111 or email us. We may be able to borrow the book from another library system or purchase it for our own collection.
Library Programs & Program Proposals
Library programs are free and open to the public and are intended to complement and fulfill the library's mission. Library programs typically developed and presented for adults include book discussions, author talks, film screenings, workshops, poetry readings, and musical concerts. Individuals and organizations interested in partnering with the library on adult programs are invited to submit a proposal.
Our Outreach Specialist will deliver books and other library materials to homebound patrons in the county. For more information call 336.846.2041 x111.
Tours of the library are available. Call us at 336.846.2041 x111, tell us about your group or class, and set up a date and time to find out about all the library has to offer!