UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries Catalog
In summer 2008, UNC implemented a new online catalog interface. The new catalog provides more intuitive searching and a better browsing experience. Many of the features are what you might find as common place on the Internet, such as tabbed navigation, sorting, built-in spell correction, and "Did You Mean..." Other features include:
- A new document delivery service, Carolina Blu.
- Enriched content including book covers, Tables of Contents, and summaries.
- Integration with Search TRLN, which allows you to expand your search to include materials from other Triangle research libraries.
Course reserves are not included in this version of the catalog. You can search our Classic catalog for course reserves.
The catalog offers what is called "Guided Navigation." Simply put, the left side offers options that help to narrow your search results more easily. The left side options are generated from the results that match your search. Any options you select are then listed at the top of your search results. You can remove any of your criteria at any time of your search by clicking on the small red box next to the word or phrase.
The system automatically searches for all the words that you enter. No need to use AND. If you need to do a Boolean search using AND, OR, and NOT, go to the Advanced Search tab, where you will find a Boolean search field at the bottom.
The catalog automatically searches for the plural forms of nouns, but it is not currently possible to truncate your search terms or use wildcards. You can use the Boolean search field on the bottom of the Advanced Search page to look for variant forms of a word, such as color OR colour.
The catalog allows you to search for books in most other languages and can accomodate diacritical marks in titles, keywords, or subject headings.
To search for books in Chinese, Japanese and Korean, we recommend that you choose the Classic Catalog.
Include the apostrophe in your search term. For example, to search for the book title Ain't my America, search the title as-is and do not drop the apostrophe.
Sorting by "Most Popular" returns your search results based on the number of times that items have been checked out from the UNC Libraries. Titles that have been checked out the most often will be listed first.
Currently, you can export citations to RefWorks and Endnote, and you can text call numbers to your cell phone. Other export features, including Endnote and Zotero compatibility, are slated for future development. A "shopping cart" feature, which will allow you to tag multiple records for saving/exporting in batches, is also in the works.
Direct export to RefWorks is available for individual catalog records as well as for multiple records from the Added Items folder.
Immediate help is available by clicking on the on the Have a Question? Chat Now button. See our chat hours page for details.
About Document Delivery (Carolina BLU)
Through the Carolina BLU Book Delivery Service, you can request to have books available at any of the UNC-CH campus libraries, as well as books requested through interlibrary loan delivered to the campus library most convenient to you. Academic Affairs faculty can have books delivered to a campus box.
All UNC Chapel Hill faculty members, currently enrolled graduate and undergraduate students, and staff can use the campus delivery service, however service options may vary depending on your affiliation.
Most circulating books held in the University Libraries can be requested through the Carolina BLU campus delivery service.
Generally, media (DVDs, CDs, VHS), materials held in Reference, Reserves, Rare Books, and Special Collections cannot be delivered. If the catalog indicates that an item is library use only, we probably can't deliver it. If you're not sure, please contact us before placing your request.
Currently, there is no limit on the number of items you can request for delivery; however, due to the high volume of requests, we may have to impose restrictions on the number of books we will retrieve per patron.
If the book you want is checked out when we try to retrieve it, you have the following options to choose from when you are filling out the request form:
- Recall and hold UNC copy: Items that are due within a month will be held for you when they are returned. Items that are checked out for longer than a month will be recalled. This means that we will contact the current borrower and ask him or her to return the book/item sooner. When the book/item is returned, you will be notified and the book/item will be held for 7 days.
- Check for TRLN copy: We will look for a copy at Duke, North Carolina Central, or North Carolina State University. If a copy is available, we will request delivery through Interlibrary Loan on your behalf and hold the item for you. This usually takes two business days.
- Cancel request: If your requested item is checked out, we will cancel this particular request.
You'll use the same Carolina BLU book delivery form to have a book recalled. You will be notified via email when the book is available.
You'll use the same Carolina BLU book delivery form to request a book or journal volume from storage. You will be notified via email when the item is available.
For Academic Affairs faculty, students, and staff, requested books can be delivered and/or returned to any of the following library locations:
- Art Library (Hanes Art Center)
- Carolina Population Center Library
- Davis Library
- School of Government's Knapp Library (Knapp-Sanders Building)
- Health Sciences Library
- Information & Library Science Library (Manning Hall)
- Park Library (Carroll Hall)
- Kenan Flagler Business School (McColl Building, Room 4502)
- Law Library
- Music Library (Wilson Library)
- North Carolina Collection (Wilson Library)
- Kenan Science Library (Venable Hall)
- Science Library Annex
- Stone Center Library
- Undergraduate Library
You can set a default Pickup Location in your Carolina BLU account record, and that location will automatically be selected on your future requests. You will still have the option of choosing an alternate pickup location on each request. To set your default Pickup Location:
When you first register for a Carolina BLU account, select your Pickup Location from the dropdown menu.
If you already have a Carolina BLU account:
- Go to http://www.lib.unc.edu/interlibraryloan.html
- Log into your account
- Select "Change User Information"
- Select a Pickup Location from the dropdown menu
- Submit Information
Academic Affairs faculty members have the option to send books to their campus box (CB#). Please be aware that books may take longer to reach you if they are delivered through campus mail.
You can return the book to any of the libraries and locations listed above. If you have a block on your account for any reason, you'll need to return to the library where the block was placed.
Please note: Books received through interlibrary loan or borrowed from a TRLN Library (books not owned by UNC) must be renewed through your Interlibrary Borrowing / Campus Delivery account.
Our goal is to deliver the book to the nearest library or campus box within 2-3 business days (Monday-Friday). Delivery times may vary during holidays and academic breaks.
The book will be held for 7 days then returned to the owning library and/or re-shelved.
If you log in to your interlibrary loan/campus delivery account, you will see what requests you have and where they are in the process.
You can renew UNC library books requested online though your "My Library" account or at any of the locations listed above. If you have a hold on your account for any reason, you'll need to return to the library where the hold was placed.
Please note: Books received through interlibrary loan or borrowed from a TRLN Library (boooks not owned by UNC) must be renewed through your Interlibrary Borrowing / Campus Delivery account.
If you need to renew an interlibrary loan item, log in to your Interlibrary Borrowing /Campus Delivery account and click on the "Check out/Renew items" link on the left sidebar. Renewals must be made by the day before the due date. The lending library sets the loan period and some libraries do not allow renewals.
If you are enrolled in a Academic Affairs distance education program, you can use the interlibrary borrowing service. Be sure the status in your account profile indicates you are in a distance education program.
Currently, students, faculty, and staff affiliated with Academic Affairs, Health Affairs, and the Law Schoo (What's my affiliation) do not incur a cost for this service.