NRL Blog

All public libraries in the Neuse Regional Library System are currently closed in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.  Our Library System did not undertake this decision lightly. We understand how important the Library’s role is in providing the community with access to information and services that are not available to everyone anywhere else. However, based on the latest medical reports regarding the spread of COVID-19, we feel this step is necessary to prevent further spread of the outbreak.

We have received many inquiries on returning items that are currently checked out. During the closure, we are inviting you to keep any items that you currently have checked out until Neuse Regional Libraries reopen.  All late fees during this time will be waived. If you do wish to return materials, you may through the Library’s book drop located on the Herritage Street side of the Library.

While the physical library is closed, this is a great time to become acquainted with the Library’s many digital services that can be accessed online. Library staff will continue to provide library services while the Library is closed and Reference staff are available from 9-5 each weekday by phone (252-527-7066, Ext. 134) and email ( In addition, we are still providing regular updates on services and virtual storytimes for children through Facebook and Instagram. If your children
want to enjoy storytime through the Internet, our Children’s Librarians are performing at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

Many of the Library’s services can be accessed through a computer or digital device using the library card number printed on the back of your physical card, or, for students, their student ID number from Greene, Jones, and Lenoir County Schools via the StudentAccess program. Some of the online services that can be accessed using your library card include:

-e-iNC and NC KIDS eBook consortiums via OverDrive: Access to thousands of eBooks, eMagazines, and eAudiobooks. To get started download the Libby app on your device and follow the onscreen prompts, or visit for more instructions.

-NC LIVE: A statewide collection of databases and digital resources, including many online resources for digital learning and content such as videos and eBooks. See the full list of available resources at

-Testing and Education Resource Center (TERC): Study guides, practice tests, and more for most major standardized tests, including SAT, ACT, SAT subject tests, AP Exams, ASVAB, and more. Available through NC LIVE.

-Mango Languages: Interactive language learning for over 70 languages, including English as a Second Lanugage. Available through NC LIVE.

-HeritageQuest: Online genealogy research that can be accessed at home. Available through NC LIVE.

-Films on Demand: Thousands of online streaming videos accessible with your library card. Mainly documentaries but also includes some feature films. Available through NC LIVE.

-Universal Class: Over 500 free mini-classes on a huge variety of subjects. To get started, go to, click on Databases, and click on Universal Class.

Library Administration and staff are still weighing all options on how to best serve the region in the coming weeks based on the recommendations of public officials and community health organizations. Please follow us on social media or at our website at for regular updates on available services. Public health is our number one priority.

We hope that you will continue to use library online services while we are closed. Please remember that librarians are still available if you need any phone or email assistance and give us a call at 252-527-7066, Ext. 134 if you have any questions.