What To Know about Campus Libraries: Fall 2020

Welcome back, Tar Heels! We know that this fall will be unlike any semester you’ve experienced or imagined at Carolina. You’re being asked to adapt to changes all over campus, and that includes at the University Libraries.

Below are some key points about using libraries this semester. You can read a complete overview in the Library’s fall 2020 plan and learn more in our FAQ.

While this is not the way we would choose to welcome you back to campus, we want to keep you and library employees as safe and healthy as possible. We’ll be monitoring everything carefully and adjusting when we can. We look forward to introducing additional spaces and services just as soon as conditions allow.

Questions? You can use email or chat to contact us, or send a note to libraryreopening@unc.edu.

Libraries opening August 3

Designated areas in Davis Library and the Health Sciences Library will open for use August 3. Limiting the number of open floors will help housekeeping staff focus on cleaning and sanitizing these areas regularly throughout the day.

Davis Library – floors 1 and 2

  • Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. (closing at 5 p.m. August 3 – 6)
  • Friday 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (closing at 5 p.m. August 7)
  • Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. (begins August 9)

Health Sciences Library – floors 1 and 2, plus lower level

  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Kathrine R. Everett Law Library

  • Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Access will be restricted to Carolina Law students, faculty and staff.

Reserve a seat

We’ve removed some furniture so that you can study and still maintain six feet of physical distance from others.

To make sure you’ll have a place to work, reserve a seat before you arrive. You may reserve up to two one-hour blocks per day. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a code you will use to check in upon arrival.

You can also use the reservation system to book Health Sciences Library study rooms.

You can use the microforms scanner booking form to reserve a time to use the microforms scanner in Davis Library.

Masks are required

Carolina’s community standards require face masks in all public and communal buildings, including libraries. Thanks for doing your part to keep other Tar Heels safe, including the library staff who are here all day and the family members they go home to!

Food and drink

Because masks are required in library spaces, please eat snacks and meals outdoors or in designated dining areas on campus. Beverages are permitted, so long as you remove your mask only while drinking.


In order to reduce crowding and minimize surfaces that require cleaning, we have removed computers, CCI printers and other technology from library spaces, at least for the start of the semester. Please bring your laptop and any other technology that you plan to use.

Getting books and other library materials

Branch libraries and stack floors may be closed to the public, but you can still get items that you need through the Library’s no-contact pickup service. With your OneCard or valid borrower’s card, you can request many items from campus libraries. We will retrieve them for you and notify you when your books, videos or other items are ready for you to pick up.

Read, watch, listen and get help online

Whether you are in Chapel Hill, studying through Carolina Away or teaching remotely, you can find books, journals, videos and a lot of expertise online through the University Libraries’ website. Learn more: