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Innovation and discovery

Explore our University Libraries

Whether this is your first time on campus or you’re a seasoned Carolina student, the University Libraries can give you a leg up this year.

Carolina’s libraries are so much more than books and study spaces. They are a portal to innovation and discovery. The 10 libraries of the campus system are open for you to use in person this semester. You’ll also find a wealth of resources and assistance online.

Learn how the University Libraries and their resources can help you succeed this year

Whatever you are studying, wherever you are from, whatever you want to accomplish, Carolina’s libraries are here for you. Our goal is to make sure you have the information and the expert assistance that will help you succeed. We can’t wait to meet you!

Elaine L. Westbrooks, Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian.

Elaine Westbrook sitting in the library.

Helping students succeed

World-renowned library collections, innovative services and expert librarians create an environment for discovery and inspiration at any level and in every discipline.

If you're working on a paper for your first-year seminar or trying to find a piece of information for your doctoral thesis, Carolina’s libraries and staff members are your trusted partners and support network.

  • Students walk past the front desk of Davis Library.

    Our University's librarians are a vital resource for the campus community. They offer classes and support for conducting research, writing a paper and exploring history.

    Meet librarians ready to help
  • Dayna Durbin outside by the undergraduate library.

    The start of the academic year is an exciting time, but there’s also a lot to navigate, especially for incoming and transfer students who are adjusting to life at Carolina. To help Tar Heels start the year right, teaching librarian Dayna Durbin shared a few tips.

    Tips for starting the year off right
  • headphones draped over the side of a desk.

    Need help creating or learning about digital media and design? The University Libraries’ Media and Design Center is here for you. The center supports campus by offering instruction in digital literacy, remote support and media production resources, research support and film programming.

    Learn more about the Media and Design Center

More than books

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    The Story of Us

    The University Archives at the Wilson Special Collections Library is partnering with the Carolina Pride Alum Network to preserve personal stories of LGBTQ+ Tar Heels.

  • UNC Story Archive

    UNC Story Archive helps Tar Heels speak to the future

    The University Libraries has launched the UNC Story Archive as a way to gather and preserve authentic voices from the Carolina community.

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    Graduate student combines passion for art and the library

    Graduate student Lulu Zilinskas is combining her studies in library science with her artistic talents to make special collections and archived material less intimidating. The project was supported by the University Libraries’ Incubator Awards, which provide students with stipends to undertake research and creative arts projects that draw inspiration from the special collections.

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    Makerspace at Kenan Science Library

    With 3-D imaging tools and modeling materials for prototyping, the Kenan Science Library's makerspace enables Tar Heels to explore emerging technologies and foster a creative community of makers and making.

  • A student walking in the library stacks.

    A long-awaited return to the libraries

    Take a look inside the University Libraries as our semester gets underway and hear what the Carolina community is excited for as they return to our campus' academic hubs.