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. 

Business and Non-Profit Resource Center

Business and manufacturing guides and directories suited to the needs of jobseekers, investors, entrepreneurs, small business people, 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.

The Nonprofit Resource Center at May Memorial Library is a special collection of how-to books, directories, and computer resources designed to assist local nonprofits to find additional sources of financial support and strengthen their operations.

Gale Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC)

Gale Testing and Education Reference Center

Testing and education preparation resource. Includes in-depth information on college, graduate, and professional programs, professional training, scholarships, and entrance tests alongside practice tests for entrance exams, certifications, and licensing exams.

InterLibrary Loan Services

Materials not owned by any of the libraries of the Alamance  County Public Libraries may be borrowed via InterLibrary Loan Service.  To request ILL materials, individuals must have a valid Alamance County Public Libraries library card and be willing to pay a fee of $3 per item for return postage. 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.

Mobile Printing

Print from your hand-held devices to the Graham, Mebane or May Memorial public libraries.  10 cents per page for black and white printing and 40 center per page for color printing.

Indie Author Project

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ACPL now has access to the Indie Author Project submission platform, powered by Library Journal, available. Submit your indie-published book here, you can share you ebook(s) with patrons of your local library and libraries throughout your state.

Videophone -Available at the May Memorial Library

A Sorenson videophone is available for use during library hours of operation at May Memorial Library (342 South Spring Street, Burlington, NC).  The videophone is a Video Relay System which allows a deaf person to use sign language with an interpreter/phone relay operator who will then make the call and translate for a hearing person.  May Memorial Library is open Mon.-Fri. 9-9, Fri. and Sat. 9-6 and Sun. 1-5.