Library Director's Message

Virginia Sharp March

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” - Winston Churchill

Onslow County Public Library has applied to become a member of NC Cardinal. This is a statewide consortium of 37 participating library systems in 43 North Carolina counties. With a combined 6.5 million items in the shared catalog, numerous materials that are currently out of reach will become available to OCPL. Patrons will be able to request items and have them sent to their preferred OCPL branch for check-out – free of charge.

In order to join NC Cardinal, OCPL must make many changes including the way we barcode library cards and materials. Have you noticed some of the changes at OCPL recently? There are new 14 digit library cards, our Reference and Youth Services rooms have swapped at the Main Library, and behind the scenes our staff is busy barcoding all materials with a 14 digit barcode. These changes are designed to better serve our patrons. OCPL leadership is working hard to ensure changes do not negatively impact our valued patrons.

Have you received your new card? There are three fun designs from which to select. The switch to NC Cardinal will occur sometime during fiscal year 2020-2021. Financial assistance for this switch was provided by a Library Services and Technology Act Grant through the State Library of North Carolina. This leap may be a bit bumpy but it will greatly improve resources and service to all patrons.

We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and patience while these changes are underway.

Change can be difficult and sometimes comes with fear and uncertainty.
Be confident that this change is for a better Onslow County Public Library.

Little Girl Holding Oversized Library Card