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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.
Meet librarians ready to help
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.
Tips for starting the year off right
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.
Learn more about the Media and Design Center
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.
If you get your best studying done at midnight, consider Davis Library your second home. Davis will be open until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday. (And during reading days and exams, the Undergraduate Library will be open all night.) Find up-to-date hours for all locations on the University Libraries’ hours page.
“All work and no play” is not the library’s philosophy. Explore the leisure page to find out how you can borrow popular books in print, eBook and audiobook; stream a movie; and get personalized book recommendations based on your current faves.
Whether you need absolute quiet or a little noise, a comfy chair or a spacious wooden table, the University Libraries has what you’re looking for. On the library website, use the filters on the “places to study page” to narrow down your ideal location. Bonus: filter by “reservable” to book your spot!
Sign up for the library's monthly newsletter and get just-in-time tools for academic success; staff picks for streaming, reading and listening; and fun highlights from the archives.
The University Libraries has partnered with the New York Times and the Washington Post to make newspaper access available to all students. Learn how to claim your New York Times academic pass or access the Washington Post.
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.
The University Libraries has launched the UNC Story Archive as a way to gather and preserve authentic voices from the Carolina community.
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.
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.
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.