Carolina’s libraries combine a distinguished history with a vibrant mission of service to the campus and the state. The library system consistently ranks among the top 20 in the country.

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Your partner for inquiry and learning

World-renowned library collections, innovative services and expert librarians create an environment for discovery and inspiration at any level and in every discipline. Whether you are a first-year student learning about research and citation or a practiced scholar engaged in specialized inquiry, UNC’s libraries are your trusted partner.

Your OneCard is your library card

Your University I.D. card, known as your OneCard, also serves as your library card. If you are a member of the General Alumni Association or the Friends of the Library, a library card is a membership benefit. North Carolina residents may buy a borrower’s card for $25 annually. Learn more about library cards.

Get help from a librarian

Expert librarians are available in person, by phone, by text and by online chat. Contact the libraries or find a librarian by specialty.

Find out when a library is open

Different libraries have different hours of operation. Check library hours.

Learn web design, Photoshop and more in free workshops

Check out the dozens of free classes on a variety of subjects through SkillfUL Tech at the Undergraduate Library.

Create with 3-D printers, scanners, electronics and more

The Kenan Science Library Makerspace offers all of these resources for students and faculty.



History lives at Wilson Library

From ancient clay tablets, to the University’s founding documents, to Dolly Parton’s first recording and Andy Griffith’s guitar, you can find it at the Wilson Special Collections Library, along with exhibits and special events.

Become a friend

Friends of the Library enrich the experience of every student and instructor at Carolina. Anyone who makes a gift to the Library is a Friend of the Library. Benefits include a library card (minimum $25 annually), a subscription to the Windows newsletter, and invitations to Library events and exhibitions. Become a Friend today.


Check out the library

Let Carolina’s libraries be your starting point for learning and discovery. With convenient locations, thousands of online subscriptions, one-of-a-kind historical documents, cutting-edge technologies, plus the expertise to help you put it all together, the libraries have just what you need to succeed.

  • 1strecording by country music icon Dolly Parton in the Southern Folklife Collection
  • Dozensof free classes to learn web design, Photoshop and more
  • 43D printers, plus scanners, electronics and classes