- On March 18, 2020
It’s easier than ever to access online resources from Wake County Public Libraries—even while locations are closed in response to COVID-19.
Residents without a library card can register online and receive a temporary card number and PIN that are good for 60 days. This temporary number allows you to use all WCPL’s online resources.
“These are unprecedented times, and we want to do whatever we can to make things easier,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries. “From helping children learn while schools are closed to providing a bit of distraction for adults, our online resources provide something for everyone.”
WCPL also offers a mobile app. The app puts all the resources and services the library offers at your fingertips.
Online offerings include:
eBooks and Audiobooks
Find and borrow a title with a tap. Get the Libby app for your phone or tablet. Meet Libby.
- Available Now eBooks: eBooks to download this minute.
- Children’s Available Now eBooks: Kids’ books to checkout from home, available immediately.
- Young Adult Available Now eBooks: YA books for the young or young at heart to access right away.
- Always Available Audio: 175 different audio books that are always ready.
- Readalongs: Fun, narrated books for young, aspiring readers.
Flip through the digital pages of 50 different titles. You can peruse everything from Cosmo and Essence to Clean Eating and Yoga.
Talking, singing, reading, writing and playing—our online storytimes will help get your child ready to read.
Video on Demand
Browse a large variety of curriculum-focused, streaming video titles including how-tos, documentaries and more.
- Heritage Quest: Research your family tree with this comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources.
- Mango Languages: Learn a language or refresh your skills.
Have a question about your account, materials, digital access or something else? AskWCPL, WCPL’s digital help desk, will continue assisting patrons via text, email, and online. You can also call most branches—contact information is available here.
And as a reminder, WCPL is late fee free. If you have books checked out, just hang on to them until the libraries reopen. You will not be charged.
More information is available here.
Wake County has made it easy for you to stay updated on the latest information about COVID-19.
You can visit our bilingual COVID-19 webpage, which has a set of frequently asked questions to help educate residents in English and in Spanish. You can also email us questions at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can call our COVID-19 information line at 919-856-7044. The county is also sharing important information on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are also good resources for up-to-date, accurate information about this evolving situation.