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Pasquotank-Camden Library

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We strive to meet the informational and recreational needs of our diverse community. I invite you to learn more about the Library's collection, programs, and services. As the Library continues to provide a host of traditional services and programs for its patrons, it is also an electronic doorway to the informational highway.

In addition to stressing services to all its patrons, there is also a growing service to teenagers including a collection of books especially geared to their interest. We are also reaching out to the community by participating in community events.

A key aspect of any library is the quality of the service. The Library staff strives to give patrons friendly and professional service so that each patron leaves the Library satisfied with the knowledge that their tax dollars are well spent.

We realize there are ways we can improve our service and we welcome your suggestions. Your comments will help us do a better job. Please take a few moments to let us know how we may better serve you.

History of the Pasquotank-Camden Library


  • 1926 - The Library roots started when Ms. Lillie Granby, President of the Elizabeth City Woman's Club, organized a library in their Club House.
  • 1930's - Camden County's Woman's Club organized a library
  • 1936 - WPA (Work Progress Administration) Bookmobile service began in Pasquotank County (only summer months) - First professional librarian was employed by the library
  • July 6, 1938 - The library officially passed hands from the Woman's Club into the control of Pasquotank County and the City of Elizabeth City.
  • July 15, 1938 - The library was relocated to the County Agricultural building (located on Colonial Ave.)
  • August 1939 - First Summer Reading Program
  • November 1940 - WPA bookmobile provided services for Pasquotank and Camden counties
  • November 1941- The library became the responsibility of Pasquotank and Camden counties. Pasquotank and Camden counties were allocated state aid funds.
  • 1943 - The Enfield Branch (located in Elizabeth City on W. Ehringhaus St.) was opened.
  • February 1943 - With the liquidation of the WPA the library was given the bookmobile
  • August 1945 - Library's first constitution and by-laws were approved
  • September 1949 - The Old Trap Branch in Camden was opened (located on N. C. HWY 343).
  • 1951 -The Cale Memorial Library (library for African Americans) became a branch of the Pasquotank Library.
  • 1952 - The Old Trap Branch closed.
  • March 1952 - A new bookmobile was ordered
  • 1954 - Received new bookmobile
  • 1955 - Bookmobile service began for African Americans in Pasquotank County (only on Saturdays)
  • February 1956 - The Robinson's offered their family home for the use of the library or other public purposes.
  • December 9, 1956 - The library had its grand opening in the Robinson House.
  • September 1957 - Bookmobile service began for African Americans in Camden County (only on Saturdays)
  • 1963 - The Library was renamed the Pasquotank-Camden Library.
  • April 6, 1964 - Pasquotank and Camden counties' commissioners approved becoming part of a regional library system with Currituck and Dare counties.
  • April 21, 1964 - First board meeting of the East Albemarle Regional Library System
  • 1965 - The Cale Street Memorial Library incorporated services in the Pasquotank-Camden Library.
  • Nov. 9, 1975 - The library moved from its temporary location at the Virginia Dare Hotel to its new building at 205 E. Main Street.
  • 1986 - Library automation system began
  • 1997 - The Board of Trustees' approved Pasquotank County handling the library's finances.
  • July 1, 1997 - Pasquotank County became responsible for the financial management of the library
  • May 14, 2007 - The library moved into its current location at 100 East Colonial Ave. The new library building is named the W. C. Witherspoon Memorial Library in honor of the first African American Pasquotank County Commissioner since reconstruction.

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Hours of Operation:
Mon8:30 AM6:30 PM
Tue8:30 AM7:00 PM
Wed8:30 AM6:30 PM
Thr8:30 AM7:00 PM
Fri8:30 AM6:30 PM
Sat10:00 AM2:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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