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You've got questions about the library - we've got answers.   

Can you tell me about the changes planned for the library?
How old is the library?
What are the hours of the library?
How many books do we own?​
Why can’t I renew online?​
Can I get a tour of the History Room?
Where can I park when I come to the library?​
What type of ID do I need to get a library card? Check out a book?​
Where is the CyberCafe?
Does the library have any typewriters available for public use?
Where are the Restrooms?​
Does the library have current/daily newspapers that I can read?​
Where can I make a suggestion to the library?​
Can I have my exam proctored at the Libraries?​
Can I post a flyer in the Library?
Does the library own videos and other multimedia materials?
Can I reserve a room in the Main Library?
Where is the Lost and Found?
Does the library have a bike rack?
Does the library fax? Or scan?
Does the Main Library have GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MCAT, or LSAT practice exams?

Can you tell me about the changes planned for the library?

Town leaders and staff know you're interested to learn more about the changes coming to our library.  With change comes uncertainty but also opportunity. We’re truly excited about the new improvements underway for patrons of Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library – in programming, operations and services.  We want you to share in that excitement.  We're about to be recognized by the State Library of North Carolina, launch a new catalog system, issue new cards and many more great additions. Click here to find out why we're making these changes.  For more specific questions about our new library cards or how the transition to our new catalog system will work, click here for the Library Transition FAQs. 

How old is the library?

The move to build a library began in 1927 by The Woman’s Club of Clayton. It wasn’t until 1931 when the Clayton Library opened it doors to a small room inside the Clayton Town Hall building. Not until 1981, after Mrs. B. A. Hocutt deeded over her property for the future establishment of a library building in 1965, did we change the name of the library to Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library. For more on the history of the library please read About Us.

What are the hours of the library?

We extended our hours in October 2013. Now we are open 53 hours per week; Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

How many books do we own?

We have books and much, much more! Our collection includes over 75,000 volumes, 21 print magazine subscriptions, and our eBook collection is growing every day, plus access to hundreds of electronic resources through the free State Library resources called NC Live. In the near future we hope to build a collection of book club kits for local book clubs.

Why can’t I renew online?

If you have fines, exceeded the renewal limit, or another patron has requested the item you have out, you will not be able to renew online. For more information you are welcome to call the library, but we are unable to renew if someone is waiting on the item or you have exceeded our fine amount of $30. Again, call the library for any additional assistance: 919.553.5542.

Can I get a tour of the History Room?

Specialized class tours may be scheduled in advance by emailing Clayton History. For group tours of the library please call the library at least a week in advance. Thank you!

Where can I park when I come to the library?

The library has limited parking. We lost a lot of our space after the expansion of the library in 2006. Public parking is available for FREE along Main Street, Second Street and also in the lot on Main Street across from the Clayton Mart and in Town Square.

What type of ID do I need to get a library card? Check out a book?

Some changes are coming in June when Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library gears up to launch 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.  You will need an updated driver’s license with your current address in order to get a library card. If you do not have your new ID you can bring in a current bill reflecting your address and use that along with your old photo ID. After you receive your library card you will need to bring it with you to the library to check out books. On occasion if you do forget your library card we can use your updated ID to verify at checkout. Please note that for computer use you will need your library card; there are no guest passes nor can we look you up in the system without any identification.

Where is the CyberCafe?

We hope to soon have a technology center like a cybercafé!

Does the library have any typewriters available for public use?

We do not have any type writers available for use.

Where are the Restrooms?

Restrooms are located in the hallway.

Does the library have current/daily newspapers that I can read?

We have the News & Observer daily edition, as well as the bi-weekly editions of the Clayton News Star. We also provide the weekend edition of the New York Times, which has the crossword puzzle and Book Review. You may also read the Wall Street Journal online by visiting NCLive.org For more assistance with accessing newspapers online please call (919) 359-9366.

Where can I make a suggestion to the library?

If you would like to request that the library purchase an item, please fill out this form. All other suggestions can be sent by email to the following address: claytonlibrary@townofclaytonnc.org

Can I have my exam proctored at the Libraries?

We no longer proctor exams, but we are happy to get you in touch with other libraries that do.

Can I post a flyer in the Library?

You can post flyers in the library on our hallway community board. Out of courtesy, please be sure to ask a staff member to post for you instead of tacking your flyer on the board yourself. Thank you!

Does the library own videos and other multimedia materials?

Currently the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library has a collection development plan that will allow us to grow our video collection online with Overdrive in the next several years. In the interim, NCLive.org has videos in their collection you can also stream for free.

Can I reserve a room in the Main Library?

Any non-profit or local business performing free educational community workshops is welcome to use our large meeting room. Please fill out the Meeting Room Request form and bring it by the library.

Where is the Lost and Found?

Personal items found in the Library are held at the Circulation Desk. Lost ID cards are taken to the Clayton Law Enforcement Center.

Does the library have a bike rack?

There is a bike rack directly beside the book drop close to the library entrance from the parking lot.

Does the library fax? Or scan?

At this time the library does not have faxing or scanning services. You can utilize either of these services at a number of locations in walking distance from the library.

Does the Main Library have GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, MCAT, or LSAT practice exams?

Test prep books are available in the Main Circulation Desk and by visiting NCLive.org. There is a database within NCLive called Learning Express Library, which has practice tests and self-paced courses for students & adult learners. ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, resume and cover letter writing courses and more. This is available to you for FREE if you have a current library card. 

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