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June 10
Wake Libraries Launch “Books on the Go” Service

If you’ve read all the books on your shelf during quarantine (twice?!), you’re in luck. Wake County Public Libraries will launch its new, contact-free Books on the Go program Monday, June 15.

The Books on the Go service will provide Wake County Public Libraries the opportunity to get the books customers want into their hands. 


“We so appreciate the community’s patience while their libraries have been closed, and we look forward to giving everyone access to the books they want to read,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director of Wake County Public Libraries. “This is the first phase of making libraries accessible to our customers again, and this service will allow us to continue fulfilling our library mission to instill the love of reading in the residents of Wake County.”

The Books on the Go service will begin on Monday, June 15, at the following libraries:

Books on the Go services include:

  • Books placed on reserve prior to library’s closure: Customers who placed reserves on books before the library closed will be contacted by the library with instructions on how and where to pick up their books.
  • Reserve system: WCPL’s online catalog will be open for customers to place reserves on their favorite books. Since the library is closed to the public, customers will also be able to place reserves on Lucky Day titles.
  • Book return: Participating libraries will also accept returns. We encourage customers to return books they checked out before the library closed to the public. Remember, WCPL is late-fee free, and that means no overdue fees are charged.

To pick up your reserve books, you will receive an email notification from the library with instructions on making an appointment between the hours of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

“We know residents are eager to see all WCPL locations open back up. The Books on the Go service is the next step in moving toward that goal in the safest way possible for staff and customers,” Burlingame said. “We thank the community for their patience—and for supporting books, reading and their public library.”

Updates to library services will be posted at bit.ly/WCPLPrep and communicated via social media.

About WCPL Remote Resources
While the libraries are closed, Wake County Public Libraries offers an array of library resources you can access from home. Register online for a library card, download the WCPL app and then browse a robust collection of audiobooks, e-books, video-on-demand and more. New virtual storytimes are being added every week. These features are available here.


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