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A note to home users:
If you want to access NC LIVE from home, you will need your library card number. Once on the log-in page, choose Burke County Public Library and enter your entire library card number (no spaces). Call or come by the library today for more information!






How do I get a Library Card?

Fill out an application and bring it into the library, or stop by to fill one out and get your card! Click for an online application that you can fill out, print, and bring in.
Anyone over the age of 5 years can apply for a card if you have proof of residence in Burke County (proof of residence can be a photographic id with the correct address OR an older photographic id with some other form of proof for current address - checks, bills, mail, etc.). Individuals between the age of 5 and 15 must have parental consent and are registered as a juvenile.
For more details and our full registration policy, please see our Policies Page (Registration tab)



How do I visit a library?

We have three locations in Burke County: Morganton, Valdese, and Hildebran. Addresses, maps, and hours for each site can be found on our Library Directions and Hours page.



How do search for books?

Use the Burke County Public Library online catalog to search the holdings of the Morganton, Valdese, and C.B. Hildebrand libraries. Once on the catalog, you can log in (with your library card and pin number) and renew books, place holds on books, and see what you have checked out. If you would like some help using the catalog online, you can call the library or stop by during business hours. Click Here to Visit our Library Catalog.
Don't know your PIN number? You can set it up over the phone or in person at your library.



How do I check my Library Account?

Visit the Burke County Public Library online catalog and log in with your library card and pin number to renew books, place holds on books, and see what you have checked out. If you would like some help using the catalog online, you can call the library or stop by during business hours. Click Here to Visit our Library Catalog.
Don't know your PIN number? You can set it up over the phone or in person at your library.



How do I check out an eBook?

The Burke County Public Library is now participating in Overdrive's eBook and Audiobook collections. Download ebooks and audiobooks to your computer, cell phone, iPod, or eBook reader (including Kindle). The collection includes current popular titles and will continue to grow each year. You just need your library card number, PIN, and internet access to get started! Click Here to Visit the Library's Overdrive eBook website.



What is NC Live?

NC LIVE is a cooperative library service for the students, faculty, business people, and residents of North Carolina. The website allows access to digital content such as ebooks, ejournals, streaming video, and downloadable audiobooks offered from a variety of vendors. This service is provided "free" to all public library users in the state of North Carolina. Visit the NC Live site today!



How do I get access to NC Live?

If you want to access NC LIVE from home, you will need your library card number. Once on the log-in page, choose Burke County Public Library and enter your entire library card number (no spaces). Call or come by the library today for more information! Visit the NC Live site today!



How do I use a computer at the Library?

The Burke County Public Library provides public computer access. Use of the Public Computers requires a library card and a $3.00 Technology Fee per fiscal year. Visitors will pay $1.00 per day for using electronic resources at BCPL. Customers are responsible for paying 25 cents per page for all copies printed. For more information, see the Computer Tab on our Policies Page.



How do I find out more about Library Programs?

Library programs happen at all three locations and are listed on our website and our monthly calendar, as well as advertised in the library, the News Herald, and in different locations around the county. Some programs require pre-registration, which will be stated. Programs are free, unless otherwise noted. For more information, please call your library or visit our program pages: Adult Programs | Young Adult Programs | Children's Programs.



How do I sign up for a program?

Library programs that require registration are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Please call or visit the library in which the program will take place to sign up for it. Some programs can only be signed up for in person (this will be noted). For more information, please call your library or visit our program pages: Adult Programs | Young Adult Programs | Children's Programs.



How do I find the Library on Social Media?

Program information, alerts, photographs and more can be found on our social media pages. Want to learn more? Visit us!
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