The Library provides access to a balanced collection of print, multimedia and on-line materials; provides reference, readers' advisory and research assistance and offers a wide range of programs and activities designed to meet the needs of youth and adults.
The Watauga Public Library is committed to enriching the community through full access to informational, educational, cultural, recreational, and lifelong learning materials in a variety of formats. The Library anticipates and responds to the library needs of the community and offers a variety of programs and services in a professional, efficient, caring, and friendly manner.
The Watauga Public Library shares a vision of the nation’s founders that liberty and learning are inseparable and that a democratic people must have free, open, and equal access to information.
The Watauga Public Library opened its doors to the public for the first time in October 1983. The library, which was located in City Hall, was approximately 676 square feet in size and started with a collection of 1,826 books. On September 24, 1990, the library moved into a new 15,000 square foot facility located north of the City Hall.
In 2007, the Library was expanded, which brought it to a total of 20,413 square feet. The additional shelving space allows for further growth of the collection to meet the needs of the public. There are two large and four small study rooms and a meeting room to provide quiet areas for study or meetings. A hallmark feature of the library is a woodland mural painted by nationally known local muralist and children’s book illustrator Liz Bonham.
At the present time the library houses over 108,000 items and subscribes to over 140 magazines and newspapers. The number of materials circulated last year was 358,002 and 126,295 people used the library.