Yancey County Public Library


Yancey County Public Library

Cindy Gibson, Branch Manager
Wayne Edwards, Associate Librarian
Sharryl Hagerman, Circulation Assistant
Caitlin Mast, Circulation Assistant

PO Box 1659, Burnsville, NC 28714 (mailing address)
321 School Circle, Burnsville, NC 28714 (shipping address)

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Yancey County Public Library

321 School Circle
Burnsville, NC 28714


Mon-Fri: 10 am – 4 pm
Sat: 10 am – 12 pm


Free Wifi

Computer Access

Printing and Copying

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Park or School Nearby

Retail Nearby


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BearWise live on Yancey County Library’s Facebook page 6:30 pm
BearWise live on Yancey County Library’s Facebook page @ Facebook Live
Sep 15 @ 6:30 pm
BearWise live on Yancey County Library's Facebook page @ Facebook Live
Want to learn how to co-exist safely with bears? Want to know more about black bears in North Carolina? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, then this is the program for you! Join staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for a Facebook Live event Tuesday. September 15th. Staff at the[...]
Wednesday Readers Book Club– Meeting on Zoom 10:00 am
Wednesday Readers Book Club– Meeting on Zoom
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Wednesday Readers Book Club-- Meeting on Zoom
Wednesday Readers happens at 10am on the 3rd Wed of each month For the months of June & July, we will be meeting virtually.  Please check with Yancey County Public Library for information regarding the zoom meet-up.  Book Selections for July-Nov, 2020: July: That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger August: The King of Halloween[...]
Ales and Tales Book Club– Meets on Zoom this summer 2:00 pm
Ales and Tales Book Club– Meets on Zoom this summer @ Homeplace Brewery
Sep 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ales and Tales Book Club-- Meets on Zoom this summer @ Homeplace Brewery
Book Club was held at Homeplace Brewery: https://homeplacebeer.com/  but due to social distancing guidelines, we are using a virtual platform.  Reach out to Yancey County Public Library or follow them on Facebook for information regarding connecting through zoom.  All are welcome, with beverage in hand. Books we are reading for July-Dec, 2020: July- Beartown by[...]

Yancey County Library is located in the historic YCI Administrative building at 321 School Circle in Burnsville, North Carolina. The historic library has picturesque views of the beautiful mountains from its upstairs community room and is the only library in the regional system to house an art gallery- The Herring-Kivette Art Gallery. To learn more about Yancey County, visit Yancey County Chamber of Commerce or Explore Burnsville.

Yancey County library service began in the 1930’s, thanks to the work of Ms. Martha Robinson. The Markel Handicraft School contained a circulating library which served a 25-mile radius from the Higgins Neighborhood Center. The school was named for John Markle, a philanthropist and cousin of Ms. Robinson who began the Presbyterian Mission project in 1918.

In 1933, Rose LeFevre, president of the Women’s Club of Burnsville, established the first public library in Yancey County. The Library was located in an upstairs room of the Club House (now an apartment building on North Main), and most of the books were given from individual collections. Rose LeFevre succeeded in getting the county to contribute funds specifically for the library for the first time; thereby making the library eligible to receive assistance from the North Carolina State Library Commission in 1945.

In 1946, the library was moved to the Briggs Building (where The Grapevine store is located) and later moved in 1961 to the basement of the building now occupied by Players Sports. The library then moved to the Ray/Cort building that now houses the Lloyd Bailey Annex. In 1975, the Yancey Library moved to the renovated Northwestern Bank building — given to the county by the bank to use for a library — where it remained until July 2011. Services throughout the early years were enhanced by the purchase of a bookmobile that was driven primarily by Ms. Dorothy Thomas of the Celo Community. Ms. Dorothy, as she was called, was instrumental to bringing the 3 counties together to form the AMY Regional Library System.

In 2011, the library location moved to the Yancey Collegiate Institute Historic District where it remains now. To learn more about the Public Library Expansion Project, visit Yancey County Public Library and to learn more about the historic district, please read Yancey Collegiate Institute and Other Miracles on Baptist Hill by J. Todd Bailey.

See the 2017 Yancey County State of the County’s Health Report.

Yancey County Local Board Members

*Alan Larkins (Chair)

Jody Higgins (Co-Chair)

*Beryl Carroll (Secretary)

*Susie Buchanan

*Julia Fox

Patti McCall

Gail Parker

Anna Webb

*signifies a member of the Regional Board

Constitution and By-Laws of the Yancey County Public Library

Friends of the Yancey County Library

The Friends of the Yancey County Library is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support Yancey County Library programming and materials through book sales and donations.  They also operate a bookstore on Burnsville Town Square called The Book Cellar.  Please stop by The Book Cellar or Yancey County Library and see about becoming a Friend of the Library.

Friends of the Yancey County Public Library

Watercolor of Yancey County Public Library by Charles Gillespie