CARTERET COUNTY, NC (June 7, 2023) – The Carteret County Public Library’s Down East branch, located at 702 US Highway 70E Beaufort, will close at the end of business Friday, June 16 – in order for preparations to begin for the opening of its new location at 108 Straits Rd., Beaufort.
The Down East branch is expected to begin service on Monday, July 17. The new 1,200-square-foot location will include features consistent with the system’s other library locations, including public computing spaces, children and teen sections, and flexible seating.
The transition from one space to another will involve transferring 4,500 items to the new building, training staff and integrating new books. Library materials will still be able to be checked out digitally, but physical materials will be unavailable during this time. Checked-out materials can be returned to any Carteret County Public Library branch during the closure, and customers can seek library services, programs and events at the libraries in Beaufort, Newport, Pine Knoll Shores, and Cape Carteret.
The library’s regular schedule of programming will continue as detailed on their website, www.carteretcountypubliclibrary.com.