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The move to build a library began in 1927 by The Woman’s Club of Clayton. It wasn’t until 1931 when the Clayton Library opened it doors to a small room inside the Clayton Town Hall building. Not until 1981, after Mrs. B. A. Hocutt deeded over her property for the future establishment of a library building in 1965, did we change the name of the library to Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library. For more on the history of the library please read About Us.
Our hours are 9 am-7 pm. Monday through Thursday, 9 am-5 pm on Fridays, and 9 am - 2 pm on Saturdays.
We have books and much, much more! Our collection includes over 35,000 volumes, 21 print magazine subscriptions, and our eBook collection is growing every day, plus access to hundreds of electronic resources through the free State Library resources called NC Live. We also have a small collection of book club kits for local book clubs.
If you have fines, exceeded the renewal limit, or another patron has requested the item you have out, you will not be able to renew online. For more information, you are welcome to call the library, but we are unable to renew if someone is waiting on the item or you have exceeded our fine amount of $25. Again, call the library for any additional assistance: 919-553-5542.
The library has limited parking. We lost a lot of our space after the expansion of the library in 2006. Public parking is available for FREE along Main Street, Second Street and Church Street. We also have a lot across the street between The Clayton Center and Horne United Methodist Church that is open to the public or just a block away at Town Square on Fayetteville Street.
Johnston County residents can obtain free library cards any time. Please click here to learn fees associated with cards for non-Town of Clayton taxpayers. You will need an updated driver’s license with your current address. If you do not have a current ID, you can bring in a current utility bill reflecting your address and use that along with your most recent photo ID. After you receive your library card, you will need to bring it with you to the library to check-out books. On occasion, if you do forget your library card we can use your updated ID to verify at checkout. Please note that for computer use, you will need your library card.
We have the News & Observer daily edition. You may also read the Wall Street Journal online by visiting NCLive.org For more assistance with accessing newspapers online please call 919-359-9366.
If you would like to request that the library purchase an item, please make a request through our library catalog. All other suggestions can be sent by email to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
We no longer proctor exams, but we are happy to get you in touch with other libraries that do.
You can post flyers in the library on our hallway community board. Out of courtesy, please be sure to ask a staff member to post for you instead of tacking your flyer on the board yourself. Thank you!
Yes! Currently the Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library has a collection of physical DVDs for checkout. NCLive.org also has videos in its collection that you can also stream for free.
Yes! Please follow our Meeting Room Policy, found on the Services & Policies page.
Personal items found in the Library are held at the Circulation Desk. Lost ID cards are taken to the Clayton Law Enforcement Center.
At this time the library does not have faxing services, but we are able to scan to email.
Test prep courses are available by visiting NCLive.org. There is a database within NCLive called Learning Express Library, which has practice tests and self-paced courses for students & adult learners. ASVAB, GED, GRE, SAT, resume and cover letter writing courses and more. This is available to you for free if you have a current library card.