On-Site Use of Materials
The LSC has a reading room for on-site use of library materials. If you need to consult a large set of volumes, please contact Brian Zimorowicz in advance to make the necessary arrangements.
The UNC University Library system is comprised of 15 campus library facilities. Given the finite space in these facilities and the thousands of books and journals that are received on an annual basis, the libraries have begun to regularly transfer volumes to the Library Service Center (LSC) located in Durham, North Carolina. The LSC is a state-of-the-art shelving facility that maintains a constant temperature/humidity level, prolonging the useful life of library materials in it.
Access to Materials
The LSC uses a compact storage arrangement and barcoding system that significantly reduces loss by ensuring inventory location controls. Because books are shelved by size and location number instead of call number, the stacks are closed to the public. However, materials can be paged or requested as explained below.
Requests for LSC materials can be made through the UNC catalog by selecting the "Request Campus Delivery" option or through Search TRLN by choosing the "Request this Title" option. Persons not affiliated with UNC should contact the Davis Library Circulation department for assistance. For more information see the Carolina BLU Campus Delivery service.
Each library has developed a review process to identify volumes for transfer. While criteria for transfers vary by library, generally the focus is on older, lesser-used materials, and input is sought from faculty and researchers. The LSC is considered a dynamic collection and return of volumes to campus libraries may be considered if increased use warrants.