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Most books may be checked out for 21 days. Your COA student, faculty, or staff ID serves as your library ID card. The barcode on the reverse of your COA ID must be activated by the library staff in order for you to check out materials. Please notify staff of any address, email or phone number changes. The owner of the library card used to check out materials is responsible for all items checked out on that card. The library recommends that you not let others borrow materials on your card. You will be liable for anything that they fail to return.

Reference Collection: The Library offers a collection of reference books and other materials, including some electronic sources, to help you find accurate information quickly. Among the principal types of reference books are atlases, bibliographies, dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias, handbooks, indexes and manuals. The collection includes many reference sources that are specific to the courses taught at COA. Use of reference materials is restricted to the library.

Overdue fines: Ten cents per book per day; $1 per day for CDs or DVDs. Books and other materials may be renewed over the phone or online.

CCLINC online catalog: The CCLINC (Community College Libraries in North Carolina) online catalog system allows you to view a list of books owned by community college libraries throughout North Carolina. You can place holds on books from these libraries if the titles you seek are not located at COA. You can then have the books delivered to COA through its interlibrary loan service.

Interlibrary loans: Books not available from a CCLINC library may be sent from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Photocopies or PDF files of magazine or journal articles may also be obtained from other libraries. It can take several days and sometimes a week or more to receive materials through this method.  To order magazine or journal articles, or to order books via ILL, you will need to fill out an ILL form located at the circulation desk. Be sure to indicate any deadlines you may have on your form. A library staffer will call you when your materials arrive. Holds may also be placed at any time through the COA Online Catalogue, which can be found at the library’s home page.



Computers, software, printers, and scanners are provided in the Elizabeth City and Dare Libraries for patron use.  Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013 are installed on the library computers in addition to other software and links to assist you with your courses and research. Please ask if you have questions about using computers, searching the Internet, or using any of the software. Library staff members have general knowledge in these areas, plus access to handbooks, manuals, and other documentation pertaining to various software and equipment.

Elizabeth City Campus Library provides computers in its open lab at the front of the library near the circulation desk. Dare Campus Library’s student computers are arranged along the back and side walls. Dare students should sign in at the front desk before using a computer.

COA students doing course-related work have the highest priority when all of a location’s computers are in use. Non-students may be asked by staff to present a picture ID like a driver’s license upon sign-in or at any other time while in the library.

Students with current COA identification cards may borrow laptop computers from either library. Laptops must be used only on campus and returned the same day.

Acceptable Use Policy for Computers

General principles:

  • Computer workstations and laptops, software, network and Internet access, and printers are provided in the library for educational, non-profit purposes. You may not use library computer workstations, laptops, software, network and Internet access, or printers for commercial or profit-making activities.
  • Internet access must be used responsibly, respecting the rights of other users and honoring the college’s Statement of Values, which is posted in both the Elizabeth City and Dare libraries.
  • You must present your COA ID card before signing in to use a library computer.
  • You are showing by your signature on the computer sign-in sheet that you agree to the library’s acceptable-use policy for computer workstations.
  • COA students with a current student ID are given priority.
  • There is a charge for printing. Please use Print Preview to avoid having to pay for unwanted pages.
  • Please don’t turn off the computers; just close all applications and return to the desktop.
  • Please sign out by logging the time you finish on the computer sign-in sheet. We use the sign-in sheets to collect computer-use statistics, so your cooperation helps us improve computer services in the library.

Responsible use:

  • Use common sense and common courtesy.
  • Respect and abide by software license agreements and copyrights.
  • Don't display or print obscene pictures or words.
  • Don't use a workstation for playing games or for chat.

Laser Printers

Elizabeth City Campus: The Library computer lab has color or black-and-white printing available on a fee basis.

Dare County Campus: The Library has black-and-white printing available at 10¢ a page. Color printing is available from certain computers. Ask a staff member for more information. Please pay at the front desk.


Wireless Printers

Color printing from your wireless laptop is now available at both Elizabeth City and Dare Campus libraries. Price is 10¢ a page. Ask a staff member for details on how to access the printer.



Copier users must abide by all applicable laws when making copies of materials that have copyright protection.

Elizabeth City Campus: Copies are available on a fee basis. The copier in the Elizabeth City Campus Library takes $1 bills, quarters, dimes and nickels.

Dare County Campus: The Library has black-and-white copying available at 10¢ a page. Please pay at the front desk.



Edenton-Chowan Campus: The Library subscribes to several periodicals that are made available to students in the various technical labs on the Edenton-Chowan Campus. Back issues are retained in the labs. You can also gain access to full-text articles from thousands of other publications via the NCLive website, the Wilson OmniFile Full Text database and through interlibrary loan agreements.

Elizabeth City Campus: The Library at the Elizabeth City Campus subscribes to more than 100 periodicals, including professional journals related to the college's major fields of study. Access to full-text articles is also provided to hundreds of other titles via the NCLive Web site, Wilson OmniFile Full Text and through interlibrary loan agreements. Current issues of periodicals are available for browsing in the library's reading area. Issues from previous years are available at the circulation desk.

Dare County Campus: The Library at the Dare County Campus subscribes to more than 50 periodicals. Current issues are available for browsing in the library's periodicals area. Back issues are retained for periods ranging from three months to two years and are available in the periodicals area. Access to full-text articles is also provided to hundreds of other titles via the NCLive website, the Wilson OmniFile Full Text and through interlibrary loan agreements.


DVDs & CDs

The library collects CDs and DVDs, most of which are available for checkout. CDs include music and spoken-word recordings. Most CDs circulate for 21 days.  DVDs include a limited number of foreign-language and classic movies. Most DVDs circulate for three days. 


Special Collection

Reserve Materials: Reserve materials are available for in-library use only. Typically, a faculty member will provide or request supplemental readings, textbooks or other items on students’ behalf. You might see reserve materials listed on your course syllabus or hear them mentioned by an instructor in class. Please ask at the circulation desk for these items.

North Carolina Collection: The North Carolina Collection is housed in a separate room at the Elizabeth City Campus Library. The collection contains books about North Carolina or written by North Carolinians.

Outer Banks Collection: The Dare County Campus Library houses the Outer Banks Collection, which consists of 298 books and other materials related to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Topics covered include the history of the area as well as its environment, people and culture. The collection also contains works set in the Outer Banks or written by authors associated with communities in the area.

New Title Lists: The library maintains lists of newly acquired titles and publishes them for both the Elizabeth City and Dare Campus locations.

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