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All branches of the Haywood County Public Library will be closed Tuesday, Aug. 21, for staff members to attend training on a new catalog system called NC Cardinal.

Through the NC Cardinal system, library cardholders will eventually be able to check out materials from any participating North Carolina library without paying a fee or filling out a new application. Western counties are participating in a pilot program for NC Cardinal and the service is expected to be available to Haywood library patrons on September 18.

“Locally Buncombe County and Fontana Regional Libraries are already members of NC Cardinal, and Haywood County will be joining them in the pilot project.” said Sharon Woodrow, Haywood County Public Library director. “We anticipate that Haywood County library patrons will be able to check out materials and use other services of the Buncombe County and Fontana libraries within a month after the program kicks off in September. This sharing of services will eventually open up to more participating libraries across the state.”

In addition to checking out books, videos and other library materials through NC Cardinal, library card holders with an email address will also be able to receive other services, such as pre-notification before the materials are past due or that a requested item is on hold.

“The new system will no longer work with telephone numbers, so please be sure that the library has your email address so that you can benefit from NC Cardinal,” said Woodrow. “Your email address remains confidential and will not be shared with outside organizations.”

In addition to access to more libraries, participation in NC Cardinal will also allow patrons to keep the items they check out for a longer period of time. Most items will check out for three weeks at a time, with new books having a two-week loan period and DVDS having one week.

In order to conform to NC Cardinal policies, Woodrow said there will be some changes to current library policies. More information on these policy changes will be available as the Haywood County Library works through the process, Woodrow said.

For a preview of the new online catalog available through NC Cardinal, patrons can visit the website at nccardinal.org. For other questions, please contact Sharon Woodrow at 828.356.2504 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

For more information, contact:
David Teague, Public Information Officer
Haywood County
828-452-7305; 828-400-9691 or
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