What To Know about Campus Libraries: Spring 2021

Last updated Jan 4, 2021

On August 17, the University announced its plans to shift all undergraduate instruction to remote learning. The University Libraries will continue to serve both remote learners and those who remain on campus to learn, teach or research. See below for the current hours for Davis Library and the Health Sciences Library. Please direct questions to libraryreopening@unc.edu. Stay safe, Tar Heels!

Welcome back, Tar Heels! We know that this Spring 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 Spring 2021 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.

Library hours

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

Davis Library – 1st floor

Davis Regular Spring Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Closed
  • Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

See all hours for Davis Library, including holidays and exceptions.

Health Sciences Library – 1st floor, 2nd floor, and lower level

HSL Regular Spring Hours

  • Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Closed
  • Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

See all hours for the Health Sciences Library, including holidays, and exceptions.

Kathrine R. Everett Law Library

  • All services will be delivered virtually. Circulation of books will be coordinated through the University Libraries pickup program.

Reserve a study room

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

Those who wish to study in the library will be able to do so without making a seat reservation. The one exception is for private study rooms at the Health Sciences Library, which remain available by reservation only. You may reserve up to four hours in a study room per day, which can be booked in separate blocks. Once you sign up, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a code you will use to check in upon arrival.

Reserve a private study room at the Health Sciences Library

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.

The locations of CCI printers on campus are listed here. For more information on CCI printers, see this FAQ from campus ITS.

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: