Bear Library

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Corona Virus (COVID-19)

  1. Library Closed - Hoopla Digital Access
  2. COVID-19 Closure Flyer revised 1.2
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    Delaware Health and Social Services

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  4. As of 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the Book Drops outside New Castle County Libraries will be closed. Please keep your materials until the library re-opens. When the library re-opens, we will offer fine-free returns for a period of time, and you may return any materials you stored then without any overdue fines/late fees.


    Updates and announcements will be made on the New Castle County libraries' web page (  We ask that you check these sites frequently as events unfold. Please do not leave library materials or donations outside the library's doors during the period that the library is closed! Thank you for your cooperation!

1000 Books

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

New Castle County Libraries invite you to participate in this free program which encourages you to read 1,000 books with your child before he or she begins kindergarten. For more information, check out what New Castle County Libraries have to offer (PDF) or visit

Ask a Librarian

Ask us, anytime!

Ask a Librarian Delaware is operated by Delaware library staff who can help you online, just as we do in person, from the convenience of your computer or cell phone.  You can ask us through email and text.  Please contact us and we will get back to you, whether it’s about your library account or item, or for research on a particular topic.  We hope to hear from you soon! We appreciate your service and use of our libraries, in person and online!  

Bear Library opened in 1998 and immediately became the busiest library in the state of Delaware. It re-opened its doors in January 2013 after undergoing a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art renovation.

As the unofficial town center for the Bear community, our 25,000 square foot facility provides more than 135,000 items for loan including audio, video, magazines, e-books, databases, and print books. Additionally we offer library programs for all ages and interests, including ESL and GED programs, public access computers, study rooms, and meeting spaces for nonprofit community groups and organizations.

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