A welcoming place to discover, connect and thrive.
Hickory Public Library connects people with excellent service, resources, and empowering opportunities.
Who Are We?
Hickory Public Library is a department of the City of Hickory, North Carolina, located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The library has two locations: the main facility, the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, and the Ridgeview Branch.
Getting a Library Card
Residents of Hickory and Catawba County may use Hickory’s libraries free of charge. For anyone living outside Catawba County, there is an annual fee of $55.00
Registration for library accounts requires a photo ID and proof of current address. A current driver’s license will meet both requirements. Parents may apply for cards for children younger than 18.
Temporary residents of Catawba County may obtain a library card for the non-resident fee of $55.00. The fee is reimbursable upon returning your card and resolving any outstanding balance on the account. Out-of-county visitors who only need internet access may purchase a Computer User’s Card for $5.00
Cards are also available at no cost to students of Lenoir-Rhyne University, employees of the City of Hickory, Catawba County Government and Hickory Public Schools, and media specialists from Catawba County Schools.
Your Library Account
When your card is issued, you will also be asked to choose a PIN number. This number will allow you to check your account in our online catalog, renew your checkouts, place items on hold and use the library’s digital resources.
Library accounts expire annually so that we may keep current contact information for each patron. All overdue items and outstanding fines and fees must be resolved before the account is renewed.
Replacement library cards are available for $2.00. If your card is lost or stolen, please contact the library as soon as possible to protect your account.
Library cardholders may borrow up to 10 DVD’s and up to 99 total items at a time.
Place requests for library materials through our online catalog. You'll need your library card number and PIN to access your account. You will be notified when your items are available and we’ll keep them at our front desk for 5 days.
375 3rd Street NE
Hickory, NC 28601
Main Office: (828) 304-0500
Office Fax: (828) 304-0023