All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system are closed to the public and public services staff until further notice. More information about services that are available are posted on each library’s page (see tabs below). Curbside pick-up has been cancelled through the end of April. Check your local library's website, Facebook page, or give them a call and leave a message for additional information. Please stay safe and well!
There are various ways to get audiobooks and eBooks from your local library. Click each icon below to visit the site!
Overdrive from Appalachian Regional Library
Appalachian Regional Library makes both eBooks and audiobooks available through Overdrive. Click on the icon above to access this collection.
Libby, by Overdrive
Libby is a new app available from Overdrive that can be used to access ARL's Overdrive collection. Click the icon above to learn more about Libby and download the app to your device.
Overdrive from Northwestern Regional Library
A special partnership with our neighboring Northwestern Regional Library system (Alleghany, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin counties) makes available downloadable eBooks and audiobooks from that library system for cardholders of Appalachian Regional Library (Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes counties). Click above to access these collections; sign in with your library card number as an Appalachian Regional Library user.
NCKids Digital Library
NC Kids Digital Library offers e-books, audiobooks, streaming videos, and Read-Alongs. This collection was specifically designed for youth and includes picture books, youth fiction, youth nonfiction, young adult, and more.
NC Kids Digital Library is sponsored by NCPLDA: NC Public Library Directors Association, NCGA: NC General Assembly, with assistance from the State Library of North Carolina and supported by an IMLS federal LSTA grant.
Audiobooks from NCLive
NCLive.org is a collection of resources provided by the State of North Carolina. Audiobooks are provided by NCLive thorough OneClickdigital. Click above to access OneClickdigital audiobooks from NCLive. Sign in to NCLive.org with your library system name (Appalachian Regional Library) and library card number to create a OneClickdigital account with your own user name and password and to download these audiobooks.
eBooks from NCLive
NCLive.org also provides a selection of downloadable eBooks. These include books by North Carolina authors in the Home Grown Ebooks Collection, as well as academic works, reference books, test preparation books, public domain works (including classics), and more. Click above to access.
Tech Help Sessions - "Book a Librarian"
Library Staff Members are available to you for one-on-one help in downloading eBooks, audiobooks, and more to your tablet, smart phone, or other device. Call or stop by the Reference Desk of your library to set up an appointment time!
Are you, or is someone you know, interested in historical photographs of the Watauga County area and other records of Watauga's past?
Visit the Digital Watauga website for online digital collections of the High Country's archival memories, including the Bobby Brendell Postcard Collection.