A Message to UNC-Chapel Hill Graduate and Professional Students from University Librarian Elaine Westbrooks

April 21, 2020
Portrait of Elaine Westbrooks, University Librarian and Vice Provost for University Libraries

Elaine Westbrooks, vice provost for University Libraries and University librarian (Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill)

Dear Carolina graduate and professional students,

During this very trying time, we know that you face unique challenges as you seek to maintain your research program and to continue with teaching or other obligations. The staff of the University Libraries and I would like you to know that, even though library buildings are closed, we are here for you! Here are some services that may be especially helpful:

Research assistance and consultations

Specialists from across the University Libraries can help you with all your research and information needs, including subject-specific research, data and statistical consultations, and special collections inquiries.

Visit  https://library.unc.edu/ask/ to:

Library materials and collections

While library buildings are closed, we are working hard to provide additional content online.

  • More than 1.1 million digital copies of books from our print collection are now freely available to you, thanks to a partnership with the HathiTrust Digital Library.
  • Many publishers are providing temporary direct access to journals, books, streaming video, and more at no charge.
  • We continue to provide document delivery services through interlibrary loan. If we can obtain it electronically from another institution or publisher, we will send a copy to your email at no charge to you.
  • Can’t find what you need? If an electronic version exists, we may be able to purchase it for you. Place a request using our online form.

If you already have books checked out to you, please do not return them until campus re-opens. We have automatically renewed all borrowed items through August 31 and have waived all fines, including for items charged to carrels.

Teaching support

Library specialists are providing instruction and office hours through Zoom. We can also build a special resource page for your class. The subject specialist librarian for your area will be able to help.

During this challenging time, please know that my staff and I are wishing you well and that we are here to help. We hope you’ll be in touch.


Elaine L. Westbrooks

Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian

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