Keep learning at Forsyth County Public Libraries

Find out why you should visit your local branch.

Looking down a hallway with brown carpet with bookshelves on either side. Black stepstools are on the end of three rows on the right.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for, library staff can usually get it from another branch the next day.

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There’s a lot going on at your local library. Keep reading to learn how to take advantage of free learning opportunities within the 10-branch Forsyth County Public Library system.

Get your card

Your library card is your ticket to everything the library system has to offer, although services and events inside libraries can be accessed without one. Cards are free for Forsyth County residents, property owners, employees, educators, and students.

Show up to any branch with a valid ID that has your current address and staff will make the card on the spot. Replacing a lost card will cost you $1.

You can renew most books online, over the phone, or in person up to four times. Late fees are a thing of the past (except for some digital devices + museum passes).

Yellow wall with white "Technology" letters behind rows of desktop computers and printers.

Staff is ready to help with research and to answer technology questions.

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Much more than books

The library system is your window to more than just the literary world. There are book clubs, storytimes, cooking classes, Tai Chi, and many other events. An electronic calendar is in the works. Card holders enjoy these perks, too:

  • Read digital articles in the Winston-Salem Journal.
  • Check out museum passes to the Kaleideum (up to six children + two adults) and Reynolda House Museum of American Art (two adults).
  • Access e-resources like academic articles, genealogical research, and audio books.
  • Explore a rotating art exhibit on the second floor of the Central Library.
  • Host events in public meeting spaces.
  • Explore Forsyth County artifacts held within the North Carolina Collection.
  • Use a 3D printer and other technology in makerspaces.
  • Get guidance when starting a small business or nonprofit.
Sunny day with clouds. Exterior of Central Library with windows. Two cars and a motorcycle are parked out front.

The Central Library is located at 660 W. 5th St. in Winston-Salem.

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Learning for a lifetime

Library officials stress that everyone is welcome inside the library system and services and materials are always free. Funding comes from state + federal resources, and the Forsyth County budget (read more on page 114).

Ready to book it to your local branch? Find the closest one + show up Monday through Saturday.