How to navigate Raleigh’s public libraries

Free services and resources at Wake County Public Libraries.

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 device advice on computer fundamentals.

Here are some of our favorite library resources:

Find your local library here. Psst... there are 11 in Raleigh.

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