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Clayton Library:
919-553-5542

Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
​Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m to 2 p.m.​

 

In 2015, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library received official recognition from the State Library of North Carolina and we launched our new catalog and library cards. We want you to share in the excitement.  These Frequently Asked Questions are aimed at helping you understand why we made the transition for our patrons.   If you have questions about why these changes are happening, please click here for our Library Changes FAQs.  We encourage anyone who still has questions or concerns about anything related to the library to please reach out to us.

What do the new cards look like?
Do residents need a new card too? 
Can I still borrow books from other libraries in Johnston County? 
Can I use my card at other libraries in Johnston County?
Can I still pick up books from other libraries at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library?  
If I have a book from another library, can I still return it to the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Clayton?
What if you do not own a book I need?
Won’t holds take longer now?
What about the shared eBooks system? Will the current eBooks go away?

As of 2015, those checking out books/resources from our library need a Town of Clayton library card. 

Here's a picture of the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library cards which also come with a key chain version.  They're used to check out materials from the library or use our computers and internet. 

Do in-town residents need a new card.  

Yes, in June 2015, Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library began issuing new cards.  The cards were given to anyone 7-years-old or above (we ask parents of children 7-15 to sign off on their child’s card).  All we ask is that you show one current document with your name and address. Our staff can help clarify in and out of town boundaries regarding any fees associated with library cards. Cards will be free to Johnston County educators, Town of Clayton employees, those who own property in Town but do not live in Town, and those who own businesses in Town limits. See our policies and procedures for the proof requirements for these cards. 

Can I still borrow books from other libraries in Johnston County?  

Yes, anyone who already has a Public Library of Johnston County-Smith library card can continue to use their card at other libraries in Johnston County.  

Can I use my card at other libraries in Johnston County? 

No.  The newly-issued Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library cards can only be used at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library.  

Can I still pick up books from other libraries at Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library?  

Unfortunately, this practice stopped on April 1, 2015.

If I have a book from another library, can I still return it to the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in Clayton?

No.  The libraries ended the sharing agreement on April 1, 2015.  Any book that is not from the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library needs to be returned to one of the other libraries in Johnston County.  

What if you do not own a book I need?

Beginning in July, if we do not own a title you need, we will be able to request items for you from another library located close by. We can request hard-to-find titles and have those mailed from further away, but those may require a cost for postage. The only items that we will not request for you are those that are new publications, those can be suggested for purchase through our new catalog. More information will shared in July when we obtain our new service through OCLC. 

Won’t holds take longer now?

We will be participating in a book leasing program with a new vendor, Baker & Taylor. Multiple copies of the current bestsellers will be available for our patrons. We are prepared to be more aggressive about buying materials that are desired by patrons but not readily available.

What about the shared eBooks system? Will the current eBooks go away?

All e-books in the affiliated system currently accessed using the 3M app will still be available.Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library is excited to roll out our new eBook service with Overdrive, which will be available June 1. Just like your library cards, you will now have two options for accessing eBooks when you get your new Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library card. Classes on how to access eBooks using our new eBook platform will be scheduled through July.

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