Library Appointments

Available at all Burke County Public Library Sites: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm
with additional hours to 8pm on Mondays at the C.B. Hildebrand Public Library, Wednesdays at the Morganton Public Library, and Thursdays at the Valdese Public Library

  1. CALL your library and ask staff to schedule an appointment.
    • Choose what you would like to do from the appointment list below. (Note: Computer use is to be non-recreational)
    • In order to keep everyone safe, we ask that you stay in the area in which you have an appointment.
    • Please note that an appointment is for 1 patron. If you are coming with someone else (including a caregiver or a child), they will need an appointment as well.
  2. ARRIVE on time for your scheduled library appointment and check in at the front desk.
    • If you arrive late, you will still be required to leave at the end of your scheduled appointment. In order to be available for as many patrons as we can, we must stick to our time schedule.
    • If you arrive early, please wait in your car until your scheduled time.
  3. USE your library! (Please stay 6 feet away from other patrons and staff so we can all abide by social distancing guidelines.)
  4. CHECKOUT at the front desk when you are done (or your time is up) so we know it is ok to invite the next person in the building.
  5. SCHEDULE your next appointment as you are checking out.

Available Library Appointments

Browse the Collection: up to 30 minutes             Use a Public Computer: up to 1 hour
Use the reading areas: up to 1 hour             Fill out your Census: up to 30 minutes
Use a Study Room: 1 or 2 hours             Use the NC Room at MPL: up to 2 hours

We also have Curbside delivery available (Books2Go) if you prefer us to bring your books to you!


Morganton Public Library

Valdese Public Library

C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

Pages from the Past: Index to Morganton Area Newspapers
An online index of local newspapers covering the period from 1876 to present. See link for more information about the index and its contents.


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Morganton - (828) 764-9260
Valdese - (828) 874-2421
C.B. Hildebrand - (828) 397-3600

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Library Hours

During Phase 2 of the state's reopening plan, all locations of the Burke County Public Library are open by appointment, and Curbside pick-up (Books2Go) is also available. Hours below will be in place during this Phase of reopening.

Morganton Public Library

  • Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Valdese Public Library

  • Monday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

C.B. Hildebrand Public Library

  • Monday: 8:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Tuesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Thursday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed