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Get your Library Card!

Anyone who would like to check out materials or use our computers needs a library card! On June 1, 2015, we launched a new catalog system and must issue new cards to all users. Please click here to learn about the new cards and new fees associated with the cards.

To receive your Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library card, you will need:

  • A valid NC driver's license with a current address or a valid driver's license with your picture and a document showing present address.
  • A student picture ID showing proof of enrollment (if under 16 years old, the student must be accompanied by a parent with a valid NC driver's license with a current address or a valid driver's license and a document showing present address).

Please view our Circulation Policy in full for detailed library card registration criteria and information on borrowing, loan periods, and fines and fees.

Check-out Policies

Books may be checked out for three (3) weeks, unless otherwise noted. Books may be renewed twice if no other requests have been placed on the book. Magazines and newspapers are available for on-site use only.

Fines and Fees

The overdue fine for books is $0.25 cents per day per book. Overdue fines for audio books is $0.25 cents per day per audio. Sundays and holidays are excluded. Patrons will be contacted periodically by email. For more convenient drop-off, there are three book drops outside the library.

As long as you have a balance under $25 you may still check out materials from the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library. You may pay your fines and fees with cash or check at the desk in the Main Reading Room.

Click here to see the Town of Clayton's Comprehensive List of Fees & Charges.  Just search "Library" with the burgundy search bar at the top right of the document.

Copies and Printing

We have a black/white copier in the Main Reading Room for public use, please see library staff for assistance.

You may also print from any of our eight (8) public computers. Print fees are $0.20 cent per page may be paid for by cash or check at the desk in the Main Reading Room. All print requests are held in the printer queue until close of business day. Check with staff for more details or to “print preview”.

We do not have fax services.  

Computer Access Rules and Regulations

You must have a valid library card to log-in to a public computer. You may begin your computer session (one hour per user per day) at any available workstation in the Computer Room. Computer stations shut off 15 minutes prior to closing.

The internet allows users to connect to vast networks of information, resources and ideas outside the library. The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library has no control over these resources and assumes no responsibility for the quality, accuracy, currency, or suitability of any internet resource.

Internet use will be managed in a manner consistent with the Library's Disruptive Behavior Policy.

The following actions will not be allowed:

  • sending or displaying obscene or disruptive messages, files or images;
  • using obscene language;
  • changing or adding files to the internet station(s);
  • harassing, insulting or attacking others;
  • violating copyright laws or software license restrictions

Violations of these rules may result in a loss of access as well as appropriate legal action.

Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by a parent or guardian while using the computer. Online safety resources for children can be found in our Child Safety Brochure.

Wireless Access

Wireless Internet access is available and permits customers with properly equipped laptop computers and other portable computing devices to access the web. Due to the structure of the building we do not have areas to recharge your laptops at this time. Please make sure you come to the library with a fully-charged device.

Request a Purchase

The Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is happy to consider recently published books  and other items for our collection. We receive inquiries from authors and publisher's representatives and have created these guidelines to help you. For more information, please see our full Collection Management Policy.

The Library routinely acquires books published by commercial publishers that fit the Library's collection development plan and meet our selection criteria. We also may acquire self-published books when they include unique local content, fit the scope of the Library's collection plan and meet our selection criteria.

Having your book receive an independent, positive review in one or more the of the major review journals (such as Library Journal, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and Publisher's Weekly) is the best way to bring a title to our attention. We are more likely to consider adding a self-published book to our collection if it has been reviewed in a major review journal.  Paid reviews are not considered.

To suggest a new book for purchase, please log in to your account and choose "your purchase suggestions" and then "new purchase suggestion.". For first time users, your "login" is yoru 10-digit Hocutt-Ellington Library Card number and your "password" is the last 4 digits of your phone number. To request an InterLibrary Loan request, please click HERE.

Tax Forms

Not every library in Johnston County offers its citizens a place to come and get many of the tax forms that are needed to file their taxes.  We may not have every form that you need but one of our helpful staff members can help you download and print the forms that we do not have available for you. Click here to get more information about the forms and publications we will offer to get your taxes done.

Supervision of Children

Parents are responsible for the care, safety, and behavior of their children of library property. Check out our brochure on how we can all work to keep children safe at the library.  Library staff has the authority to take security measures for behavioral and safety issues of unattended children, up to and including Town of Clayton Police Department. Please review our full Unattended Child & Disruptive Child Policy for more information.

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