Community Patrons

A person 18 years or older and living in New Hanover or Pender counties may apply for a Community Patron Library Card. Area high school students under the age of 17 are also eligible for a Community Patron Library Card when sponsored by a parent or guardian.  Terms of this sponsorship are described in the Parental Authorization for High School Students form.

A photo ID and two pieces of documentation showing proof of residency are required. Any two of the following will qualify as long as they have matching addresses: a driver’s license, utility bill or tax bill. The photo ID may serve as one proof of residency, if it indicates a New Hanover County or Pender County address. If it does not, it may serve only as the photo ID, and two additional pieces of documentation must be used to show proof of residency.

Community Patrons must apply in person for a Library Card and may check out a total of 5 items at a time.

Check-out Periods:

General Books/Best Seller 3 Weeks
Children’s Books 7 Days
Videos (VHS) 3 Weeks
Audiobooks 3 Weeks

Late Fees and Fines:

General Books/Best Seller $.10 / day $3.00 Maximum
Children’s Books $.10 / day $3.00 Maximum
Videos (VHS) $.10 / day $3.00 Maximum
Audio Cassette $.10 / day $3.00 Maximum

Community Patrons are not permitted to checkout the following items:

  • Art Prints
  • AV Equipment
  • CDs
  • DVDs
  • Reserves

Interlibrary Loan Service is not available to Community Patrons. However, photocopiers are available and prints are 5 cents a copy.

Recommendations for Library’s Collection

You may use the form below to recommend materials for the library to purchase. We will review all requests and, within budgetary parameters, select those items that meet our
Materials Selection Criteria.
Recommend item for purchase