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Library Resources


The Elizabeth City Campus and the Dare Campus Libraries offer a circulating or “Stacks” collection. Books and other materials in the Stacks are organized by the Library of Congress Classification System. Most items 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.


The Elizabeth City Campus and Dare Campus Libraries offer 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. Use of reference materials is restricted to the library.

DVDs and CDs

The Elizabeth City Campus and Dare County Campus Libraries have a collection of 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.

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 Outer Banks Collection is housed at the Dare County Campus Library. It consists of 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.

Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are available for in-library use only at both the Elizabeth City Campus and Dare County Campus Libraries. 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 a library staff member for more information.


Among the four campuses, the library subscribes to a variety of print magazines, newspapers, and journals. A limited number of back issues are retained. You can also gain access to full-text articles from thousands of other publications via the NCLive website and other library databases subscriptions. Ask a library staff member for more information.

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. Library staff will call you when your materials arrive.

Computers, Laptops, Photocopiers and Printers

Computer workstations, photocopiers, printers, and scanners are provided in the Elizabeth City Campus and Dare County Campus Libraries for patron use. Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Microsoft Office 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.

Photocopiers and printers are available for patrons to use at both the Elizabeth City Campus and the Dare County Campus. Policies and prices differ from campus to campus, so please ask a library staff person for more information.

COA students doing course-related work have the highest priority when all of a location’s computer workstations are in use. Non-students may be asked by library 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 the Elizabeth City Campus or Dare County Campus Libraries. Laptops must be used only on campus and returned 30 minutes prior to the library closing.

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