Ashe Alert

Ashe County Public Library will close at 4 pm on Monday, April 12 to allow for repair of electrical components. We apologize for any inconvenience.
As always, our digital collections are available 24/7 at


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. 




Ashe County Public Library 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!

Online Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

This resource is accessible within the library building.


Explore original materials from 205 libraries, museums, and archives across North Carolina including more than 500 photographs, postcards, and scrapbooks from Ashe County Public Library's Photographic Collection.

Genealogy Research

Ashe County Public Library receives many requests for genealogy research by phone, e-mail, and mail. Typically, our staff is not able to fulfill these requests due to the time-consuming nature of the research. For general genealogy questions or questions about the Heritage Room collection, contact us. Neighboring libraries in Watauga County and Wilkes County also have genealogy collections that are open for research.