Effective Nov. 1, 2019, the Haywood County Public Library (HCPL) will charge nonresidents an annual fee of $25, per person, for a library card to borrow materials and access digital services.
Public libraries are challenged to continue meeting increased demand for quality information services, including digital resources.
A recent survey of public libraries across North Carolina revealed that many are charging fees for nonresident borrowing privileges. Neighboring counties of Transylvania, Henderson, Buncombe, Madison, Jackson, Swain and Macon all charge nonresident fees.
Over the past year, the HCPL has added online digital services such as BrainHQ, NuWav Legal Documents, and Universal Class – services paid for from the library budget and provided at no cost to cardholders.
Nonresidents will not need a library card to enter a library building or to use general services, to read materials in the library, and to attend programs.
A library card will be required, however, to check out materials and to access digital services. A guest pass for temporary access to public computers will be issued, with a photo ID, to those who have not been issued a library card.
Anyone who meets one of the following qualifications may obtain a library card free of charge upon verification of identity and address:
Resident of Haywood County
Property owner in Haywood County
Student or teacher at a Haywood County school, college, or university
Employees in Haywood County
To be eligible for a Haywood County Public Library card, photo ID and proof of mailing address are required. Library card applications are available at all library branches in Waynesville, Canton, Fines Creek, and Maggie Valley. To apply online for a library card, an application form is available at https://haywood.nccardinal.org/eg/opac/register. If applying online, cards must be picked up from your chosen Home Library branch.
The primary financial support for Haywood County Public Library is provided by Haywood County Government. Revenue is received through the payment of property taxes from Haywood County residents, who actively support their public libraries.