Library Director's Message

Virginia Sharp March

Do you know what is empowering? Having a library card to check out library material and access digital resources.  All of that power in just a simple card. 

SeptemVirginia Sharp March - Wonder Woman 2020ber is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when Onslow County Public Library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind parents, caregivers and students that signing up for a library card is the first step on the path to academic achievement and lifelong learning. This year, DC’s Wonder Woman is embarking on a mission to champion the power of a library card as Library Card Sign-up Month Honorary Chair. In her new role, Wonder Woman will promote the value of libraries and encourage everyone to get their very own library card.

There is nothing more empowering than signing up for your own library card. Through access to books, technology, media resources and educational programs, a library card gives students the tools to succeed in the classroom and provides people of all ages opportunities to pursue their dreams and passions. 

Throughout the fall, watch our social media for activities and informational videos that highlight the services and programs that OCPL offers. Including how we are responding to Covid and behind the scenes tours! Be sure to play a round of Library Trivia, try out our virtual Escape Room, and more – follow us so you do not miss anything.  

To make the services at Onslow County Public Library more powerful, we will be joining the NC Cardinal Library Consortium later this year. Why NC Cardinal? NC Cardinal is a statewide consortium of 41 library systems from 51 counties throughout the State of North Carolina. Currently, OCPL offers 130,000 items in its collection. NC Cardinal has 7.2 million in its catalog to share!

Wow!  Going from 130,000 items to 7.2 million items – that is empowering.   

When OCPL migrates to NC Cardinal later this year, patrons will gain access to those 7.2 million items.  With their library card, patrons will be able to look up a title, place it on hold then wait for it to arrive at their local library.  This is at no additional cost to the library patron.   

Last year during Library Card Sign-Up Month, patrons started receiving new library cards in preparation for this move.  If you have not received a new card, stop by one of the four locations – Jacksonville, Richlands, Sneads Ferry, or Swansboro, to get your free library card today. 

Onslow County Public Library, along with libraries everywhere, continue to adapt and expand services to meet the evolving needs of our community. To sign up for a library card or to learn more about the library’s resources and programs, please visit, or stop by!

Use your power – use your library card!