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COVID-19 Watauga County Public Library: Available Library Services



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The Watauga County Public Library has opened to the public with safety restrictions.

Curbside pickup of materials and printed documents will still be offered during operational hours and is recommended especially for high risk folks.


 Watauga County Public Library
140 Queen Street, Boone NC
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday from 10 am – 6 pm
Friday, and Saturday from 10 pm - 4 pm

The Western Watauga Branch Library will continue with Curbside Service and will not open to the public as this time.

Western Watauga Branch Library (curbside only)
1085 Old US 421, Sugar Grove, NC
Monday and Wednesday from 10 am – 4 pm
Tuesday and Thursday from 10 am - 6 pm



Please Note: We are unable to reserve the meeting room for groups until after August 2020.

We apologize for the inconvenience; we are working

to keep our patrons safe!

Thank you!

We’d like to inform our community about some safety protocols:

-    Our staff will use masks and we request those entering to wear one to protect our staff and others. We can provide one to you while supplies last.

-     We are limiting the number of people in the building at one time.

-     Folks wanting to enter once the limit is reached may wait outside 6 feet apart along our sidewalk.

-     Please limit your visit to approximately 20 minutes.

-     Seating, water fountains and study rooms are closed off. Children's toys, games, stuffed animals, and backpacks are unavailable. Bathrooms are open but cleaned once a day.

-     A Self-check station is in the Youth Services area; an additional Self-check station will be available in the Adult Services area. Instructions are provided at each terminal.

-  A table will be set up outside the entrance for Summer Reading registration and easy pick up of reading logs and Take-it/Make-it bags. Families only wanting to pick up reading logs will need to wait in a separate line 6 feet apart in front of the table. Families may also register inside the library.

-     The Circulation desk will have no more than two staff members; they can check out items for you, take fines and fees (no-touch method) and issue library cards. We encourage those wanting a library card to fill out our online form located in the lower left corner of our “Search catalog” page.

The URL to request a library card is:

Your photo ID can be emailed to

You will be notified with your card number and can pick up your physical card at a later time.

Watauga county school students may use their student ID to check out up to 10 books/audiobooks with no late fines.

Our staff members will be working hard to ensure a safe experience for visitors:

-     Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the library.

-  We have pink "stand here" signs spaced 6 feet apart on our carpeting to guide visitors.

-   Please follow our one-way arrows and signage throughout the building to minimize close contact with others.

-     Computers will be available by appointment only. There will be 1 stand-alone computer for quick access (10 min.)

-    Study rooms are not available.

-    If you use equipment such as the online catalog, printer, copier, self-check, etc., please use hand sanitizer beforehand and afterwards.

-     Please call ahead if you need help placing a hold or would like us to pull items for you.

-    Please call ahead to confirm items are ready for pickup or for any additional information that will make your visit go more smoothly and speedily.

For the Watauga County Public Library, curbside instructions are as follows:

1.)   Put books on hold using your library card through our catalog.

2.)   Wait for notification, allow at least 48 hours–we’ll call you when they’re ready!

3.)   Please note that the amount of time may be longer than usual.

4.)   Park in front of the library.

5.)   Call the library with your last name, the last 4 numbers of your library card, and your vehicle description. Give us a few minutes to check out materials.

6.)   We’ll leave the items on the large table in front of the library.

Library material may be returned in our book drop behind the library. Any items that were checked out while the library was closed and during the month of June are due by June 30 unless you have a July due date. Please be patient as our library staff catch up with holds and library business while ensuring that we are using safety protocols. Items put on hold may take longer than usual due to quarantining. There will be no meeting room reservations through August and for the foreseeable future.

Below is a list of other services currently offered. Please call us to inquire about availability of any service you are interested in.

Check with us for updates on our website: Watauga County Public Library & Western Watauga Branch Library

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Thank you, and stay safe and well,

All of us at the Watauga County Public Library

Library Services

Additional News:

Genealogy buffs, rejoice! Ancestry Library edition has granted home access through July 31th!

Grab your library card and click here to get started on your family research. Enter your library card number with no spaces or dashes.  Your pin is the last 4 of your phone number. Doesn't work? Email us at and we will reset it for you. Enjoy!

Library Cards

For many of the online resources, but not all, you will need a library card.

Don’t have a library card? We’ve got you covered. 

(This step is optional, but library card will expire after ‘stay at home’ order ends and you will need to bring your photo ID to the library to re-activate your card)

Reading, Resources, and Education Online

Every day, more wonderful educational and recreational resources are being made available at no charge online. We are working hard to share these resources with you!   Find these on our web site at

Tips On Logging In

  • When you enter your library card number, put in the whole thing with no spaces
  • Your pin number is that last 4 digits of the phone number on file with us

If you are having trouble, we probably need to re-set your pin number. Send us an email at with your name and the last 4 digits of your library card number.

Wi-Fi Service

Wi-Fi will be available in the library parking lot 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at both the Boone and Western Watauga locations. No password needed. Please remember to stay safe and practice social distancing by remaining at least six feet away from others if using the Wi-Fi.

Contact us

Stay in touch

Stay safe and well! 

All of us at The Watauga County Public Libraries

Digital Collections

The following digital collections of eBooks and audiobooks are available to library patrons. When accessing these collections remotely, you will need to provide your library account number and your PIN. Unless you have reset it, your PIN is the last four digits of the phone number the library has on file for you.
  • OverDrive from Appalachian Regional Library: Appalachian Regional Library makes both eBooks and audiobooks available through Overdrive.
  • Libby, by OverDrive: Libby is an app available from Overdrive that can be used to access ARL's Overdrive collection. Click the link to learn more about Libby and download the app to your device.
  • Overdrive from Northwest 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.
  • NC Kids 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 NC Live: is a collection of resources provided by the State of North Carolina. Audiobooks are provided by NCLive through RBdigital. Sign in to 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.

Online Resources

NC Live
NC Live can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection. With content from more than 50,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, encyclopedias, ebooks, e-audio, and streaming video titles, NC Live offers users the highest quality, most authoritative, subscription resources in the information marketplace.
Genealogy and Historical Maps
If you're working on genealogy research from home, you can access resources available through Heritage Quest any time.

Reading Challenges

The library sponsors a yearly reading challenge for all ages. We think this year's challenges are a good mix between the general (so you can include many of the books you would have read anyway) and the specific (so you have to read some books you never would have chosen on your own). Our library sponsors this challenge for two very important reasons: to promote literacy in our community and have fun doing it. If these goals float your boat, we hope you'll join us on this literary voyage! Visit the Reading Challenge website to get started.

Notary Services

Temporary Emergency Video Notarization Authorized

Stamp, Rubber Stamp, Stamped, Ink

The following temporary emergency video notarization requirements were passed by the General Assembly and signed by Governor Cooper on May 4, 2020. They take effect immediately and will end sunset on August 1, 2020.

Does not include Absentee Ballots

This temporary authorization specifically excludes video notarizations of: a.Documents under Article 20 of Chapter 163 of the General Statutes, which includes absentee ballots.

The parties must use video conference technology that allows for direct, real-time interaction between the principal signer(s) and the Notary. No pre-recorded video or audio is allowed

Each principal signer(s) must indicate that they are physically located in the state of North Carolina and identify the county where he or she is located at the time of the notarial act. The notary shall use video conference technology to observe each principal sign each document to be notarized.

Documents are then emailed or faxed to Jackie Cornette at the Western Watuaga Branch in Sugar Grove. She will notarize the documents and send them back to you.  If the original document is required, please email or fax a copy to Jackie, then mail or drop off original to be notarized.

Jackie Cornette



phone: 828-297-5515