Free online access to pottery/ceramics magazines, books and more through your local library

ICYMI, you can read Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated and Studio Potter articles online with your library card. NC LIVE is a service available through North Carolina libraries that provides access to magazines, journals and books. You just need your library card number and possibly a password (available from your library).

(The magazines and books are different from the ones available through RBdigital (formerly Zinio for Libraries) and Overdrive, two other services that might be available through your local library and are also pretty awesome.)

The following magazines are available through NC LIVE:

Ceramics Monthly (09/2011 to present)

Pottery Making Illustrated (07/2000 to present)

Studio Potter (01/2016 to present)

And here are a few books I’ve seen recently on NC LIVE:

The art of Toshiko Takaezu: in the language of silence by Peter Held

Ceramics by Philip Rawson

A chosen path: the ceramic art of Karen Karnes by Mark Shapiro

The Pilgrim Art: Cultures of Porcelain in World History by Robert Finlay

Visit NC LIVE here:

Individual local libraries offer some other pretty cool resources, too. The Buncombe County Public Library provides free access to which normally costs $24.99/month. offers classes on all kinds of topics that might be of interest to artists and entrepreneurs (website design, photography, selling on ETSY, etc.). More info about Buncombe County Public library electronic resources here:

What other services are available through the North Carolina libraries that should we know about? Does your local library offer any cool resources?


Barbara Rogers said…
Buncombe County Libraries are part of North Carolina Digital Library, and they changed my app to Libby. I don't have the link, but that's the name of the app where I used to use OverDrive.
Amy Waller said…
Thanks, Barbara. I think Libby ( is made by Overdrive - I don’t know about you but personally I like it much better than Overdrive.

The direct link to the North Carolina Digital Library is (For Buncombe County you can click on the link to their electronic resources above in the post and then select NC Digital Library.)