Sheppard Memorial Library

Sheppard Memorial Library serves all of Pitt County. The main library in downtown Greenville was opened to the public on October 15, 1930.  A 34,000 square foot addition in 2000 expanded the facility to 60,500 s.f.  Sheppard is now the largest public library building east of I-95 in North Carolina. The library also has four branches – Carver, East, Winterville, and Blount (Bethel) – and a bookmobile. The bookmobile serves local libraries, neighborhoods, and other locations on a three-week cycle. There are also independent libraries located in Farmville, Ayden, Grifton, and Fountain. All are cooperative, sharing many programs.

Sheppard is the regional collection center for census information for northeastern North Carolina. The library also has extensive business reference materials including Moody’s and Dun and Bradstreet. The library contains 236,824 volumes and subscribes to 30 newspapers and over 340 magazines (6/30/13). Database searches can be conducted online or librarians are available to assist if needed.  Access to the University of North Carolina System libraries and the North Carolina Community College System libraries is available through Sheppard’s participation in the NC LIVE program.

Sheppard has one of the largest children’s rooms on the east coast and conducts an extensive variety of special children’s programs. All branches have story hours for children. Librarians visit daycare centers, schools, and retirement homes with books to share and read aloud. Holiday specials are scheduled for children in kindergarten through third grade, as well as puppet shows, storytelling on the Town Commons, and summer reading programs. All programs are designed to lead to reading.

The library offers a number of community services. It is the main tutoring site for the Pitt County Literacy Volunteers. It houses conference and meeting rooms which are available to the public. Public bulletin boards and display areas are also available as well as computer workstations with internet access, data processing workstations, and internet ports for patron-owned laptops.

For more information call: (252) 329-4580 or visit

Pitt Community College Library

The Pitt Community College Library is open to all adult residents of Pitt County.  Housed in a 35,000 square foot facility, the Library specializes in non-fiction volumes, particularly in the technical and vocational areas.  Classroom audiovisual materials and AV equipment may be borrowed by non-profit community agencies or institutions for use within Pitt County for a 24-hour period.  The library contains 37,217 volumes and subscribes to 156 magazines and journals and 80 electronic databases.

For more information call: (252) 493-7350 or visit

East Carolina University Libraries

The largest of the ECU libraries is Joyner Library, a full service media center supporting all levels of study and research. The university also maintains two specialized libraries, the Health Services Library and the Music Library. The libraries are open to the public for a small yearly fee. For more information call: (252) 328-6514 or visit

Joyner Library

Joyner Library holds more than 1.57 million print titles, 66,133 print and online serials and 119,936 items in digital collections (June 30, 2012). Computers located in the main lobby provide access to Joyner, Health Services, and Music Library Collections. Joyner itself houses a number of special collections, including Oral History memoirs, Government Documents and Microfilms, and a Map Collection containing more than 30,000 maps.

Some library materials are general, geared to undergraduate students, but much is highly specialized for experts and researchers. Access to much of the library’s resources is available on-line including the Joyner Library catalog, full-text article database, indexes and abstracts, subject guides, and a journal list. Personal computers and software are available for use during regular library hours.

Joyner’s usable floor space is 280,575 s.f, seats 1900 patrons, and provides 42 group study rooms and a Collaborative Learning Center.

William E. Laupus Health Services Library

The Laupus Health Services Library is the primary resource facility for the Colleges of Allied Health Sciences and Nursing, the Brody School of Medicine, and the School of Dental Medicine at ECU. The 72,000 sf, four story library is located in the Health Sciences building on ECU’s medical campus (600 Moye Blvd.) and provides study space, a computer lab, media production and consultation services, reference services, and houses circulating and historical collections. The Library’s catalog is on-line and many of the HSL resources can be accessed remotely through the internet. For more information, visit

Music Library

A branch of Joyner Library housed in the A.J. Fletcher Music Center, the Music Library seats 40 patrons and contains a collection of over 98,000 books, scores, journals, and media materials. Its listening facility contains equipment for playback of LP’s, CD’s, audio and video cassettes, DVD’s, laser discs, interactive multimedia discs, computer software, and CD writing. Information is available concerning composers of centuries past or the latest popular performer. The library can track manuscripts in foreign libraries and maintains extensive holdings on current music therapy and music education. For more information, visit