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: firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ACPL now has access to the SELF-e 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.
Ancestry Library Edition
Available in the library only!
With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more.
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.
Salem History includes biographical information on thousands of historical figures from ancient times to the twentieth century. It is especially useful for researching rulers, political figures, scientists, inventors, and important figures in arts and literature. Many articles also contain information on important historical events and discoveries in science and commerce.