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What to do while we're closed

This news release was posted to the Town of Chapel Hill website on 3/13/2013.

What to do while the Chapel Hill Public Library is closed!

The Chapel Hill Public Library will close at the end of the day on Saturday, March 16, in preparation for the move into the newly expanded library facility in Pritchard Park. The library will reopen in early April at 100 Library Drive. 

If you’re wondering how you will survive without the library, we’ve got some suggestions for you:

1. Enjoy the extra time with the books, movies and music you checked out from the library! 

All due dates have been adjusted on materials from the Chapel Hill Public Library, so nothing is due while the library is closed, and no fines will accrue. Instead of a week with a DVD, you’ve got until April 16 at no extra charge. 

2. Check out an e-book/e-magazine through the library’s website!

  • Chapel Hill Public Library offers thousands of eBooks in a variety of file formats for reading on a multitude of devices! Select & Download an eBook to your eReader, PC, tablet, laptop, or mobile device through NC Digital Library or NCLive
  • Check out Zinio, the library’s new digital magazine service. Access full, current issues of dozens of popular magazines using your library card.

3. Use one of our amazing digital resources!

  • Students of all ages and job seekers can find the help they need through Tutor.Com 
  • is more than the terrifically useful magazine we all know and love. 
  • Sign up for NextReads, a free email newsletter subscription service that will alert you to new books, audio books, DVDs, and library events. 
  • Learn a foreign language with Mango Languages or Little Pim (for kids/toddlers). 
  • Use BookFlix to build a love of reading and learning through streaming videos and talking picture books.

4. Visit a neighboring library!

All residents of Chapel Hill are eligible for a free card from the Orange County Public Library (branches in Hillsborough and Carrboro). If you’d like to use a computer or attend a program, they have plenty to choose from.

Other local libraries in Durham County and Chatham County also offer great programs for all ages, as do our friends at the Flyleaf Bookstore and Kidzu Children’s Museum.

Even though we encourage you to visit other libraries, please remember that our materials cannot be returned to other libraries. Please hold onto them until the CHPL reopens.

5. Use a computer at the Cybrary.

Located in the Carrboro Century Center, the Cybrary provides daytime computer access and a small collection of popular titles.

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Don’t forget to keep up with the progress of the move through news stories posted on the library website, as well as regular updates to our Facebook page and our Twitter feed (@chpublib).

We’re excited to welcome you back to the all-new Chapel Hill Public Library and will let you know as soon as we’re ready for you to come and check us out! Thank you for your support during this exciting time.

Last updated: 15 March 2013