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Library cards are required for checking out materials and for using many library services and materials.

Those who are eligible for a free WCPL library card:

  • Residents of Wayne County

  • Owners of property in Wayne County

  • Students and teachers in Wayne County

  • Owners of existing companies or corporations licensed to operate in Wayne County

Persons who do not meet the qualifications listed above are eligible for a Wayne County Public Library card upon payment of a $15.00 non-refundable, non-resident fee. This fee is a yearly fee and entitles the holder to all benefits provided by the Library system. This card must be renewed yearly.

Registering borrowers must provide a government-issued, picture identification and proof of current address.  Proof of current address includes a driver’s license, personalized checkbooks, or bills mailed to current residences.

You may register for a library card at any Wayne County Public Library location, and one card works at all branches.

Borrowing

Cardholders may check out up to 30 items from the library at one time. Items (except for DVDs) will be automatically renewed if there is no one else waiting for them. Patrons are notified by email and when items have been auto-renewed. Checked out items may also be renewed

in-person, on the phone, or online.

Three Weeks Rental with one possible renewal:

  • Adult and Children’s Books
  • Audio Books
  • Music CDs
  • Playaways (limit of 2 per library card)

Two-weeks Rental with one possible renewal:

  • New Books
  • New Audio Books

Special Rentals

  • Story Totes (limit 2 per card)

One week rental, one renewal

  • Magazines (limit 7 per library card)

One week rental, no renewals

  • Movie DVDs (limit 7 per library card)
Fines & Fees

Late fees of 25¢ are charged for each item for each day it is overdue.

Overdue fees for DVDs are $1.00 per day per DVD.

Computers, WiFi, & Printing

1-Hour Computer Limit
Customers with a valid library card may use computers in the library for 1 hour each day. All of our computers are managed by a computer software system called CASSIE. This ensures everyone has fair and equal access to library computers.

When you log in to a computer with your library card barcode and PIN, the computer keeps track of time for you. You may use up to 1 hour per day (all at once, or in more than 1 session). An on-screen timer will help you keep track of your available time.

Anytime you are asked for your barcode you need to enter all 14 digits without any spaces. Most customers have been automatically assigned a 4-digit PIN that is the last 4 digits of their telephone number. Customers may update their account information and PIN at the Reference Desk. Public computers have Internet Explorer and Firefox for browsing the internet and Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

All residents within our reciprocal borrowing area are encouraged to apply for a WCPL library card. Visitors to our library who are not eligible for a library card may obtain a guest pass at any service desk to access the computers for 1 hour. Guest passes are issued on an individual, daily basis.

Public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain computers are able to be reserved a few hours in advance through the CASSIE system. Catalog-only computers for searching for library materials are available throughout the library. Library cards are not transferable; each customer must use their own library card to access the computer.

Read the library's Computer Use Policy (PDF).


Computer Printing & Photocopies

Black and white photocopies are 10¢ per page. The library has a coin-operated copy machine that takes nickels, dimes, and quarters.

Black and white computer prints are 10¢ per page. Color computer prints are $1.00 per page. The printers do not directly accept change or dollar bills. Printing charges are added to the library card signed in to the computer; customers are responsible to pay for printing.

The library also has a scanner available to copy papers to save on a flash drive or to copy signed documents to email.

Accessories
USB flash drives can be used with public computers. CD/DVD drives are available, but burning CDs or watching DVD movies is not supported. USB drives are available for purchase at the Reference Desk for $10.00 for a 2 gigabyte device.

Speakers are not provided on public computers. Customers may bring their own headphones. Headphones are available for purchase at the
check-out desk for $2.00.

Wireless Internet Access
The library provides wireless internet access to everyone. When you are at the library locate “WCPL” in your Wi-Fi network listing on your laptop computer, tablet or phone and choose to connect. This will connect you to the library's Wi-Fi network. If you have questions, staff will be able to help on a limited basis.

At the present time the library does not provide access to printers for laptop users. Laptop customers can save laptop documents on a disk, open the document on a public computer, and then send their job to the printer.

RESOURCES

Community Resources
Book Buddies Book Buddies is the outreach services extension of the Wayne County Public Library. The library seeks to provide high-quality reading material of interest to all members of our community. Contact the library if you or someone you know can benefit from these services. Services for Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Centers Book Buddies is for facilities that serve residents who are unable to live on their own. Once a month, a library staff member or volunteer will bring an assortment of books to your facility based on what residents are interested in reading. Contact Rose Waters at 919-735-1824 for more information.
DMV Practice Tests

Wayne County Public Library announces a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) practice tests to library patrons. The new service includes free tests specifically based on the state’s DMV materials. It is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that let users hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask portions of the screen for greater visibility on the practice tests.

This partnership allows WCPL to harness the power of Driving-Tests.org’s specialized practice exams to turn new drivers into safer drivers. The new program will work as an outreach to several valued groups of patrons, including teens, those with disabilities, and seniors who need to take a renewal exam, as well as patrons at every other stage of life. With the motto of "everyone can be a safe driver," Driving-Tests.org provides WCPL patrons with unlimited access to official state driver's manuals, online practice tests for car, motorcycle, and commercial driver's license (CDL), an exam simulator, and a DMV-related FAQ. In addition to being the largest and most visited independent online driver education provider in the U.S., Driving-Tests.org helps patrons pass their driving knowledge test faster and more effectively - learner drivers who take the practice tests and read the official manual are 73% more likely to pass than those who study the manual alone. Driving-Tests was founded in 2010 by CEO Andrei Zakhareuski as an educational platform that empowers people to increase their knowledge of how to be safe behind the wheel. It is a part of Elegant E-Learning, Inc., a ten-year-old company with a proven track record of revolutionizing online resources for learner drivers. Driving-Tests is also part of a plan to improve global driver safety by providing free practice tests written by experts to anyone who wants to study, along with online copies of official study guides. To help achieve this goal, the company has also created driving practice sites for the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and India. Click here to get started! Also check out the VIN Decoder and Lookup tool!
eBooks, Audiobooks & More
The library offers best selling eBooks, eAudiobooks, and eMagazines for download 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. These digital library materials can be viewed or listened to on computers or portable devices such as cell phones, iPads, iPods, Kindles, MP3 players, netbooks, nooks, or Sony Readers. The library offers several services to find downloadable content. Simply log in to the sites using your WCPL library card number and PIN. eBooks eBooks offer users the benefit of being able to carry several books with them while on the go, as well as never having to worry about late fees..
  • e-iNC Library (for help, check out the how-to guides,and to change maturity levels, use this tip sheet.)
  • RBdigital (for help, visit their help page).
  • NC Live (for questions, use their eBooks Help)
  • NC Kids Digital Library (more eBooks, especially for children)
  • Sesame Street eBook Collection
eAudiobooks Digital audiobooks offer users the same quality recordings they are used to hearing on CD, but with the convenience of being able to download the sound recording as a file directly to their computer.
  • e-iNC Library (For help, check out the how-to guides)
  • RBdigital (For help, visit their help page)
eMagazines Browse our collection of magazines of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number you can download.
  • RBdigital offers full color, interactive digital magazines.
  • Log in to RBdigital using your WCPL library card number and PIN to download magazines.
How RBdigital Works... New issues are released simultaneously with the print edition many are available before they arrive at your library and are ready for immediate download Browse your library's collection of titles 1 at a time, search for your favorite magazines by title or use the convenient category feature to find new magazines which meet your interests Using the personal account you will create, you will have the opportunity to check-out the magazines you choose and read them instantly on your computer (both PC and Mac) or access the content on a portable media device. (Note: viewing options, including the ability to download or view the content while online, may differ based on the device and/or magazine publisher) Check-out as many issues as you want and keep them in your account as long as you wish. eVideos Digital videos are free with your library card and can be downloaded at any time, even when the library is not open. You never have to worry about late fees, and unlike DVDs, there are no playback issues due to a scratch or tear. The library offers several services to find downloadable content. Simply log in to the sites using your WCPL library card number and PIN:
  • FilmsOnDemand via NCLIVE
  • RBdigital (For help, visit their help page)
Genealogy and Local History
Click here for more information on Genealogy and Local History.
NC Kids Digital Library
NC Kids Digital Library Check out this new collection of over 3,700 eBooks, eAudiobooks, and videos available for free with your library card!
Raising a Reader
Sesame Street eBook collection Check out this collection of over 150 eBooks featuring our friends from Sesame Street! Scholastic BookFlix This collection contains animated stories paired with nonfiction eBooks to engage beginning readers as they cultivate early literacy skills and build their real world knowledge. NoveList K-8 Find reading suggestions for kids from Kindergarten to 8th grade. Battle of the Books Here are the 2018-2019 lists of books: Elementary School Middle School

SERVICES

Book-a-Librarian

What is it?

Borrow-a-Librarian is a service that allows you to schedule a one-on-one learning session with a skilled reference librarian to help you acquire technology skills and use library resources.

Why does this program exist?

Helping our patrons acquire technology skills in the digital age transforms the library into the engine of upward mobility and brings people together to explore, discover, and connect.

What can I learn?

  • How to use mobile devices
  • How to use email
  • How to download digital library materials
  • How to use e-readers
  • How to use library databases for research
  • How to create a resume and/or fill out a job application

How long is the session?

Sessions are generally 30 minutes each, but we are flexible depending on your needs.

What else do I have to know?

  • We cannot help with medical, legal, business, or tax preparation issues, documents with personal information (e.g. SSN), proofreading documents, or providing answers to homework assignments.
  • We will provide technical support for non-library resources, but we cannot guarantee our ability to assist you properly.
  • There is a limit of two 30-minute sessions per person per month, and they cannot be 1) combined into an hour session nor 2) on the same day. If a topic exceeds the allotted time, the session may be extended or rescheduled at library staff’s discretion.
  • This form applies only to our Goldsboro location. If you need one-on-one help at our Mount Olive location, please inquire at the reference desk.
  • Please provide at least two business days’ notice to schedule a session, or we may not be able to accommodate your request. We will contact you to confirm your session.
This service is available to any Wayne County Public Library card holder over the age of 18; a patron may schedule up to three sessions each month. Click Here to Book-a-Librarian
Proctoring
To meet the needs of students and institutions of higher learning, Wayne County Public Library provides exam proctoring services by appointment Monday – Thursday 2:00-4:00 pm. This service is based on the availability of personnel, facilities, and technology. 

Student Responsibilities

It is up to the student to schedule their exam:
  • Your appointment must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance of taking the exam.
  • Exams cannot be guaranteed on a walk-in basis.
  • If you need to cancel your exam 48 hours prior to your appointment, please do so via the link available through your confirmation email.
  • If you need to cancel within the 48 hour period prior to your appointment, please make sure to contact the library that has your appointment.
  •  Once your exam has been scheduled, it is your responsibility to make arrangements with your testing institution to send exam materials/passwords to the proctoring site. Please call 24 hours prior to your exam to make sure the exam has arrived at the library.
  • Please call or email your proctoring library regarding any changes that develop.   
On the day of your exam:
  • Please arrive promptly at the scheduled time.
  • Bring your photo ID and any allowable testing materials (e.g., calculator, pen, pencil, scratch paper, notes).
  • Prior to checking in, please power down your cell phone and place it out of reach (ex. - in your bag).  
  • Leave other items in your car or at home, as library staff cannot hold items while your exam is proctored.
  • If you need to need a break while the exam is in progress, please check in with a staff member.

Library and Staff Responsibilities

​What We Do
  • Verify student IDs.
  • Review exam instructions.
  • Monitor students during testing.
  • Monitor the exam time. 
Additional Information:
  • Wayne County Public Library staff will not sign any statement required by the testing institution inconsistent with our procedures or with how the test is administered. If we are unable to proctor your exam for that reason, we will notify you and your school ahead of time. We will also provide a list of other proctoring services in the area.
  • Wayne County Public Library reserves the right to refuse to proctor an exam. If proctoring services are terminated, the student will be notified by their institution.
  •  Wayne County Public Libraries cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties arising from the testing institution or library technology.
  •  If a weather event occurs and the library must close, library staff will make every effort to contact the student. However, please check the library website or call your library’s contact number for more information.

Fees 

  • Wayne County Public Library does not charge for proctoring. However, the student is liable for any fees associated with exam printing.
Outreach

Services to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Once a month, a library staff member or volunteer will bring an assortment of books to your facility based on what residents are interested in reading. Contact Rose Waters at 919-735-1824 for more information.
Using the Auditorium

Reserving a Room

What you need to know about reserving a room:
  • The capacity of the room is 120 persons.
  • All programs and meetings must be open to the public and no admission charge may be levied.
  • Non-profit groups may charge a materials fee to participants but this fee may not exceed the actual cost of the materials.
  • Use of the room for the promotion and sale of merchandise is prohibited with the exception of the sale of books by an author during a designated book signing event.
  • Library facilities shall be left in a clean and orderly condition. Groups or organizations using library facilities accept liability for any damages to the facility.
  • The Library does not provide staff for the set-up or arrangement of the room. The Library does not provide staff for the supervision of the use of the room. Any group or organization using the room shall be responsible for the handling and security of their equipment and do so at their own risk.
Read our Meeting Room Policy (PDF) for complete guidelines for using the J.D. Evans Community Room at the Steele Memorial Library. To reserve the room at the library, bring the completed Auditorium Application (PDF) and a copy of a tax letter from the IRS stating that your group is a nonprofit organization. Reservations will be pending until we receive the IRS letter and application.
Study Rooms
The study rooms may be used free of charge
  • Rooms may be reserved ahead of time, but are also available for walk-in reservations.
  • Identification must be shown to reserve a study room.
  • There is a 2-hour time limit and please see someone at the desk when checking out.
  • No food or drink is allowed in the study rooms.
  • To reserve the room the study room policy must be reviewed and signed
Library Cards
Library cards are required for checking out materials and for using many library services and materials. Those who are eligible for a free WCPL library card:
  • Residents of Wayne County
  • Owners of property in Wayne County
  • Students and teachers in Wayne County
  • Owners of existing companies or corporations licensed to operate in Wayne County.
Persons who do not meet the qualifications listed above are eligible for a Wayne County Public Library card upon payment of a $15.00 non-refundable, non-resident fee.  This fee is a yearly fee and entitles the holder to all benefits provided by the Library system.  This card must be renewed yearly. Valid identification must be presented in order to get a library card.  Positive identification (preferably NC driver’s license or special ID) with a current address is required. You may register for a library card at any Wayne County Public Library location, and one card works at all branches.
Computers

1-Hour Computer Limit

Customers with a valid library card may use computers in the library for 1 hour each day. All of our computers are managed by a computer software system called CASSIE. This ensures everyone has fair and equal access to library computers. When you log in to a computer with your library card barcode and PIN, the computer keeps track of time for you. You may use up to 1 hour per day (all at once, or in more than 1 session). An on-screen timer will help you keep track of your available time. Anytime you are asked for your barcode you need to enter all 14 digits without any spaces. Most customers have been automatically assigned a 4-digit PIN that is the last 4 digits of their telephone number. Customers may update their account information and PIN at the Reference Desk. Public computers have Google Chrome and Firefox for browsing the internet and Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel and PowerPoint. All residents within our reciprocal borrowing area are encouraged to apply for a WCPL library card. Visitors to our library who are not eligible for a library card may obtain a guest pass at any service desk to access the computers for 1 hour. Guest passes are issued on an individual, daily basis. Public computers are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain computers are able to be reserved a few hours in advance through the CASSIE system. Catalog-only computers for searching for library materials are available throughout the library. Library cards are not transferable; each customer must use their own library card to access the computer. Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, the Goldsboro Library only has 6 computers available for use at a time. In order to make sure one is available, please call and schedule and appointment. Because of the limited number of computers and high demand, patrons who do not arrive within 15 minutes of their appointment start time will forfeit their time slot and will be required to reserve another computer. Read the library's Computer Use Policy (PDF).
Printing & Photocopies
Black and white photocopies are 10¢ per page. The library has a coin-operated copy machine that takes nickels, dimes, and quarters. Black and white computer prints are 10¢ per page. Color computer prints are $1.00 per page. The printers do not directly accept change or dollar bills. Printing charges are added to the library card signed in to the computer; customers are responsible to pay for printing. The library also has a scanner available to copy papers to save on a flash drive or to copy signed documents to email. Internet Explorer may sometimes cause issues with printing, so we recommend patrons use either Firefox or Google Chrome when printing from the library's computers.
Accessories
USB flash drives can be used with public computers. CD/DVD drives are available, but burning CDs or watching DVD movies is not supported. USB drives are available for purchase at the Reference Desk for $10.00 for a 2 gigabyte device. Speakers are not provided on public computers. Customers may bring their own headphones. Headphones are available for purchase at the check-out desk for $2.00.
Wireless Internet Access
The library provides wireless internet access to everyone. When you are at the library locate “WCPL” in your Wi-Fi network listing on your laptop computer, tablet or phone and choose to connect. This will connect you to the library's Wi-Fi network.  If you have questions, staff will be able to help on a limited basis. At the present time the library does not provide access to printers for laptop users. Laptop customers can save laptop documents on a disk, open the document on a public computer, and then send their job to the printer.