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What are periodicals?

A periodical is anything that is published periodically such as once a week, once a month, twice a year, etc. We typically think of periodicals as being magazines, newspapers, and journals.

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Print Magazines & Journals

The Library subscribes to a variety of magazines and journals. For most of these, the current year's issues are out on display while a limited number of previous years are kept in storage. Ask a library staff member about getting issues that are kept in storage. 

Print Newspapers

The following newspapers are located on the 2nd floor:

  • Daily Reflector (Greenville)
  • The Enterprise (Martin County)
  • The Standard (Ayden, Grifton, Farmville, Snow Hill)
  • Washington Daily News (Washington, NC)

Library Use

Print periodicals cannot be checked out. However, the Library does provide a photocopier and several scanners. Ask a staff member for assistance if needed.

Search for Print Periodicals

To find out if the library carries a print subscription to a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper, use the library catalog to perform a periodical title search.

Step 1: Open the Catalog Direct Link. A link that opens a new window is listed below.


Step 2: Type the title of a journal, magazine, or newspaper in the search box.

Step 3: Under Format, choose Serials and magazines from the drop-down menu.

Step 4: Click the Search button.


If the title you searched is available, you will get a page with information about that particular periodical, such as the title, publisher, and location. Ask a staff member for help locating materials.