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How to navigate Wake County Public Libraries’ free resources

Keep reading to explore Wake County Public Libraries’ free services and resources, including personalized book selections, tech help, and more.

A kids corner in a public library.

There are 11 WCPL locations in Raleigh.

Photo via @wcplonline

With 23 public libraries across the county, the Wake County Public Libraries system has plenty of resources to harness — and books are just the beginning.

First, we recommend getting a library card. They’re free for Wake County residents. Once you register online (it takes ~two minutes), you’ll have instant access to digital resources, including e-books and databases.

Pro tip: Our local libraries use Libby, an app for borrowing e-books, audio books, and magazines.

All WCPL locations have computers, free Wi-Fi, and self-service printers and copy machines. Some locations have small group study rooms and conference rooms available to reserve.

Here’s a glimpse at some library services (make appointments here):

  • Need help with research? A librarian can help you get started with a list of resources.
  • Navigate the college application process with a librarian — they will help you find test prep, and provide application and financial aid guidance.
  • Meet with a librarian for job search assistance, including resume reviews, cover letter help, and interview prep.
  • Get mobile device advice and learn computer fundamentals.

Here are some of our favorite library resources:

Find your local library here. Psst... there are 11 in Raleigh. Also, make sure to check the event page for upcoming classes ranging from creative journaling to chair yoga and teen programs.

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