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Answered By: William Gee
Last Updated: Aug 12, 2020     Views: 1136

*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, access Joyner Library will be limited to ECU students, faculty, and staff with an ECU 1 Card or a current Distance Education Student card. We greatly look forward to the day that we can be open to the public again.*


All members of the public are always welcome to come in and look at and read any of the books, journals, and magazines held in the ECU Libraries. Scanners, copy machines, and listening and viewing stations are available in some libraries. Research assistance is also available to all.

Computer Use

Free WI-FI connection for mobile devices, tablets, and laptops is available upon request from each library’s circulation service desk.

At Joyner Library, there are four (4) stand-up computer workstations designated for use by NON-ECU affiliated patrons for up to 1 hour per day; access codes can be acquired from Joyner Circulation desk. Several additional computers are available in the North Carolina Collection and Federal Documents Collection.

Cooperative Borrowers and Area Educators can receive a Community Access pass, which consists of a username and password that works on any seated computer workstations throughout Joyner Library; the Community Access pass expires every Sunday, but can be renewed weekly.

At the Music Library, there is one sit-down computer. Use is limited if there are others waiting to use the computer.

At Laupus Library, the staff at the service desk can log you onto any of the sit-down computers on the main floor.

Checkout Privileges

The North Carolina Area Resident Card permits checkout of materials at all ECU Libraries. This card is non-transferrable and may not be used by anyone else. If you would like to checkout library materials, you must fill out a Borrower Agreement Form at the Circulation Service Desk at any one of our three libraries before borrowing privileges can be granted. You must be 18 years or older and have valid North Caroline Driver’s License or other government issued photo ID to be able to be registered. You must present this valid ID and the library card every time you would like to check out library items or materials. Laupus Library limits Area/NC Resident Card holders to having only five items checked out on an Area/NC Resident’s account at any given time. Joyner Library and the Music Library permit Area/NC Residents five items of each library material type to be checked out at any given time (e.g. five books, five CDs, and five DVDs).

  • Cost of Borrowing: $35 yearly fee
  • ID Required: Valid picture ID and library card
  • Books: Loan for 28 days, 3 renewals allowed (some books at Joyner Library loan for 7 or 14 days instead)
  • Audiovisuals: Not able to checkout at Laupus Library; 7 day loan from Joyner & Music Libraries
  • Models/Charts/Kits: In-library use only
  • Journals: Not able to be checked out
  • Equipment: Nook and Kindle e-readers may checked out at Joyner Library, but other equipment is not able to be checked out; no equipment may be checked out from the Music Library or Laupus Library

Special borrowing privileges exist for select groups:  

  • K-12 Area Educators in the Eastern part of North Carolina 

  • Eastern AHEC/Outreach personnel 

  • members of the Friends of Joyner Library

  • members of the Friends of Laupus Library 

  • Those being sponsored by ECU departments as official Visitors

  • Students, faculty, and staff of UNC System institutions and other select institutions within North Carolina may be considered Cooperative Borrowers; for a list of participating institutions, visit

If you believe you might qualify under any of these categories of patrons, please ask at the circulation desk for details.

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