Reference and Information Services

Alamance County Public Libraries offer a variety of Reference and Information resources  to assist you with all of your information needs.

Ask a Librarian

The staff of each branch of the Alamance County Public Libraries strives to provide for the information needs of the public, in person, by email:, or by telephone.  Print, electronic and online resources may all be used to locate information. For extensive research, the staff will assist in searching for the information needed.  The NC KNOWS service connects library users to a librarian through their computers at any time. By typing messages back and forth, library users can get answers, articles and more.

Materials not owned by any of the libraries of the Alamance  County Public Libraries may be borrowed via InterLibrary Loan Service.   See our InterLibrary Loan guidelines for more information.

Local History and Genealogy Departments

The May Memorial Library maintains a  Local History Collection which is accessible during regular library hours. Included in this collection are works on the history and genealogy of Alamance County and its contiguous counties — Caswell, Chatham, Orange, and Guilford.

In addition, the branch libraries have small collections of historical and genealogical materials that are related to their geographical location.  Please call each branch for more specific information about their holdings.

Business Resources

Business and manufacturing guides and directories suited to the needs of jobseekers, investors, entrepreneurs, small businesspeople, students, and other interested parties are available for use in each of the libraries, though the  most extensive collection of materials is found at the May Memorial Library.  Please call each branch for more specific information about materials in the Business Collection.

Homework Help

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Offers citizens of North Carolina online access to complete articles from over 10,000 newspapers, journals, magazines, and encyclopedias, indexing for over 20,000 periodical titles, and access to over 24,000 electronic books.

Ancestry Library Edition (available in the library only)

NewspaperArchive (available in the library only)

Digital NC

Materials contributed to DigitalNC by Alamance County Public Libraries include a variety of high school yearbooks and the “Mebane Leader” newspaper. Many historic Burlington City Directories are also available.