What To Know about Campus Libraries: Fall 2021

Last updated August 2, 2021


Welcome back, Tar Heels! Whether this is your first time on campus, you are returning after an absence, or you have been here all along, we are glad to welcome you to the fall semester.

All campus libraries will be open for your use beginning August 9, 2021. Read on for some of the most important things to know this semester.

If you have questions, please email libraryreopening@unc.edu or contact the University Libraries by chat, text or phone.


Community standards

You must wear a face mask while in campus libraries. This requirement is part of Carolina’s community standards. Masks will be available in each library for those who need one. You’ll also find hand sanitizer stations in various locations.

Thanks for doing your part to keep all Tar Heels safe!


Food and drink

Please eat snacks and meals outdoors or in designated dining facilities where you may remove your mask. Beverages are permitted. Please remove your mask only briefly to take a sip.


Locations and hours

Davis Library will be the home of late-night hours during the semester. Its eight floors will be available to you until 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, beginning mid-September. Starting at midnight, you will need your valid OneCard to enter the library.

Learn more by visiting the Library’s hours page.


Course reserves

Most course reserves will be online. The print reserves collection is now in Davis Library, with specialized reserves in branch libraries such as Music or Art. Check with your instructor or contact the University Libraries to locate reserves for your classes.


Study rooms by reservation

Booking is back—and expanded. Guarantee your study space by booking an individual or group study room via the online reservation system. Priority goes to people with reservations.


Pick-up service

Even though libraries will be open, you can still ask us to retrieve books, videos and other items through the Library Pick-Up Service. We’ll notify you when your items are here. You’ll need a valid OneCard or borrower’s card to use this service. There are pickup locations across campus libraries and weekly curbside pickup at Davis Library.


Technology and printing

Computers and printers have returned to campus libraries. Workstations for design and multimedia production are in the Media & Design Center on the lower level of the Undergraduate Library.

If you are a visitor to campus, use online journals and databases by connecting to the UNC Guest network in Davis Library, the Health Sciences Library, the Undergraduate Library and Wilson Library.


Library collections

During the pandemic, the University Libraries expanded online collections. New options such as OverDrive and AVON offer ebooks and streaming media. You’ll find nearly everything by searching the University Libraries’ catalog.

Many publishers opened electronic books and journals on an emergency basis during the pandemic. These agreements have ended. We can still help! Try Interlibrary borrowing or contact the University Libraries to see if there are other ways to get what you need.

When you borrow materials, be sure to try the new self-checkout stations in Davis Library, the Undergraduate Library, the Health Sciences Library and the Stone Center Library.


More questions? More answers!

If you still have questions about what you’ll find at campus libraries this fall, send an email to libraryreopening@unc.edu. If you have research or teaching questions, or just need to know how to get started, contact the University Libraries by chat, text or phone. We’re happy to help.