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R. B. House Undergraduate Library Loan Policy
The Undergraduate Library follows the general circulation policies
established by Davis Library, with the exception of loan periods.
Who may use the Undergraduate Library collections?
Collections of the Library are open and available to all. Some
restrictions may apply.
Who may borrow the Undergraduate Library materials?
Faculty, students, and staff of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
may borrow circulating materials upon presentation of their campus
identification card (UNC One Card). For information about the UNC One Card, see
Non-affiliated persons, students and faculty from other universities, residents
of North Carolina, members of the General Alumni Association, and Friends of the
Library may borrow materials by registering at Davis Library (or Law or Health
Sciences Libraries). See
http://www.lib.unc.edu/davis/circ/ for information about fees and
borrowing privileges for non-affiliated persons.
For how long may I borrow materials?
General Undergraduate Library Collection and in the Popular Reading Collection
- Books in the main Undergraduate Library collection and in the Popular Reading collection circulate for 30 days.
Media Resources Center Collection
- Videos, other media, and MRC equipment vary by format.
MRC Policies for loan periods.
- Most reserve books can be checked out for 2 hours, overnight, 24 hours, or 7 days. Some items are for use only in the Undergraduate Library.
- All reserve loans convert to two hour loans during exams.
- Alternatively, most reserve books may be used in the Reserve Reading Room. If you wish to use a reserve book outside of this room, you must check it out at the Reserve Circulation Desk. A scanner and photocopier are available in the Reserve Reading Room computer area.
Equipment and accessories
- Calculators (TI-82 & TI-83 graphing) are available for 24-hour loan.
- Laptops and most computer accessories may be checked out for three (3) hours and can only be used in the House Undergraudate Library. See Equipment list for availability.
- Most other accessories may be checked out for three (3) hours and can only be used in the Undergraduate Library. Check the equipment list for all available equipment and its current availability.
- Three types of DVI adapters are available. One of each type DVI adapter is available for checkout for 24 hours outside of the library.
- Two electronic typewriters are available for public use on the entry level. Features include dictionary and correction functions.
Magazines and Newspapers (Serials/Periodicals)
- Current and bound periodicals are for in library use only and cannot be checked out or held. However, scanners and copiers are available for duplication of materials.
How many items may I borrow?
- General and Popular Reading Collection Books: no limits.
- Reserve items: 3 at a time.
- Videos and DVDs: 3 DVDs and a total of 3 of any other Media Resources Center items. See
MRC Policies for specific information.
Books may be renewed in-person or online for three additional loan periods, with some exceptions.
- Online renewal is not available bwetween midnight and 6:00am
- Items not renewed on or before their due dates may lead to overdue fines which could disallow further renewals on the account until the fines are paid.
- Renewals may be denied due to outstanding fines, expired borrower's card, or book recalls (request by another patron or for course reserves).
In-Person (In Library)
- Books may be renewed in person by presenting the book and your valid OneCard at the circulation desk of any UNC campus library. In person book renewals will be transacted as a new loan and restart the online renewal options.
- Reserve renewals can only be made in person at the Reserves service desk from which it was checked out.
- Only Screenplays can be renewed in person at the Media Resources Center. See MRC Policies.
- Laptops may be renewed 1 time. See Loan Periods
- Undergraduate Library Books: $.50 per day, per item; up to $25.00 maximum per item.
- Recalled items: Additional $.50 per day each day past the recall adjusted due date.
- Reserve items and computer accessories: $1.00 per hour per item; up to $50.00 maximum per item.
- Overdue laptop: $7.50 per 15 minutes overdue ($30.00 per hour. No maximum overdue charge
- Media Resources Center materials: $1.00 a day per item; up to $25.00 maximum per item.
- Media Resources Center equipment: $30.00 per hour, with no maximum overdue charge.
- Lost or damaged books. See
- Lost or damanged Reserve Books: 7 days after due date, patrons are billed replacement cost of $125.00 ($100 replacement plus $25.00 processing).
- Lost or damaged media charges vary by item type. See
MRC policies page.
- Appeal of Library Charges form
- If you have any questions about fines and billing, please email email@example.com
- Books currently checked out to another patron may be recalled online via the catalog using Carolina BLU (registration required) or in person by completing a Hold card at the circulation service desk.
- Recalled books may have adjusted due dates, reducing the original loan period.
- Recalled items returned overdue will incur additional recall fines of $.50 per day each day past the adjusted due date without a grace period. The recall fine is applied in addition to regular overdue fines, and can more than double the total fine charged.
- Books may be returned to any UNC campus Library checkout desk or return bin. Books will be returned to woning library, or Interlibrary Services office, by library courier within three business days.
- Materials deposited into an exterior return bin will be discharged the next library business day, and applicable fine days will apply. See http://www.lib.unc.edu/house/hours.html.
- Reserve material checked out from the Undergraduate Library should be returned to the UL-Reserves service desk.
- Media Resources Center materials: Please do not return media materials in the exterior bin. Please return media materials to the Media Resources Center when the Undergraduate Library is open. All Media Resources Center materials should be returned to the department's Check-Out Desk during its business hours to ensure same-day discharge. When the department is closed, Media Resources Center materials may be deposited in the return bin located near the department's entrance. Items returned in the bin will be discharged on the Media Resources Center's next business day and applicable fine days will apply. See http://www.lib.unc.edu/house/mrc/pages/policies/.
- Undergraduate Library books may also be returned by mail, applicable fines will be charged. The address should read:
Undergraduate Library Circulation
CB#3942 R.B. House Library
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
- Reserve material: Print reserve material should be deposited in the return slot
in the Class Reserves Desk.
What if a book or periodical isn't on the shelf?
The item may still be available. Ask for assistance at the Entry Level Service Desk.
Loan Policy Questions
Contact the UL Circulation Librarian,
Libby Grey: (by phone: 919-962-1355; or by email:
R. B. House Undergraduate Library Building Use Policies
The House Undergraduate Library serves UNC students, faculty and staff. It is also open to the general public. To ensure a pleasant and safe environment conducive to research and study, the Library has established the following policies regarding the use of its facilities and collections.
Only guide dogs and companion dogs that assist people with disabilities are allowed in the Library.
During 24 hour service periods, a valid UNC One Card is required for access from midnight to 7am.
Use of photographic or video equipment is restricted. Individuals, classes, groups, or organizations desiring to film the Library or its staff or users must first get permission from the Undergraduate Librarian.
Cell Phones and Pagers.
- To preserve a quiet study environment, library users should set cell phones and pagers on nonaudible signals.
- Be respectful of other library users if you must take/make a call while in the library; speak softly and move to an area where you will not disturb others.
- Media Resources Center does not allow use of cell phones. Please observe posted signs.
- When requesting assistance at service desks, please refrain from using your mobile device for unrelated matters.
Children are welcome, but those under 14 must have adult supervision at all times.
Computer Work Stations.
Academic work has priority and use is limited to one hour if others are waiting. Access is limited to the options listed on the screen.
Most computers in the Undergraduate Library require UNC ONYEN/password login to ensure computers are available to UNC affiliates for research and academic work.
Quick-look stand-up stations are available in the Information Commons and the Media Resources Center. No login is required. These stations are intended for brief use. People using these computers will only be able to connect to .edu, .gov, .mil, .fed.us and certain .org domains.
Other library computer users may register for access to select computers in the Information Commons and in the Media Resources Center. Scanners are also available on certain computers in the Information Commons.
- UNC affiliates without an ONYEN, but with a valid PID register at Davis Library Circulation.
- Registered library borrowers and affiliates of nearby research institutions (e.g. Duke, North Carolina Central, and North Carolina State universities) login with borrower ID number. For information about obtaining a borrower card or registering as a research affiliate, please see Davis Library Circulation.
- Guest access is available for 60 minutes of library computer use per day. Visitors may obtain a guest ID from the Entry Level Book Checkout desk. A photo ID is required.
- Visiting scholars requiring extended computer use should contact Davis Library Circulation.
Courtesy and Responsibility.
All patrons using online and Internet resources are expected to show common courtesy and respect for both
the privacy and sensibility of others since it is not possible to prevent other library patrons from observing online information or images they may find inappropriate.
Defacing the Library and its Materials, Equipment, and Furniture.
Defacing the Library facility and materials is prohibited. Prohibited damage to state property includes, but is not limited to the following examples:
- Cutting, tearing, or defacing materials such as books, periodicals, microforms and compact discs
- Tampering with computers or computer software
- Defacing equipment, furniture or the building itself, including writing on walls, carrels and tables
Behavior that interferes with the appropriate use of the Library is not permitted. This includes excessive noise, altercations, theft, vandalism, inappropriate sexual behavior, and harassment of any kind. All such activities should be reported immediately to the Circulation Desk staff, who will contact Campus Police. Patrons identified as disruptive will be subject to sanction, including possible expulsion from the Library, University disciplinary action, being trespassed from the Library or being trespassed from all UNC libraries or the UNC campus.
All patrons and staff should respond to all fire and emergency alarms by immediately exiting the building via the nearest emergency exit.
Food and Drink.
In order to preserve a clean and pleasant study environment, we request that library users be reasonable and responsible when bringing food and drink into the building. Please dispose of any food wrappers or drink containers in the appropriate trash/recycling bins located throughout the library; alert library staff to any spills; and take particular care around library collections and equipment. Some areas in the library may restrict the use of Food and Drink, such as the Design Lab and Media Resources Center. Please observe posted signs in these areas.
The Library will use its public address system to page individual patrons only when there is a verifiable medical emergency.
The Library's goal is always to optimize the safety and security of its users and staff. All statutes, regulations, and laws governing safety and behavior in a facility of the State of North Carolina and the University of North Carolina will apply, as understood by Library and University staff. Emergencies should be reported immediately to Library staff. For security, House Undergraduate Library is monitored by closed-circuit television.
Signs and Publications.
Postings of announcements or fliers are limited to one per bulletin board in the foyer. Bulletin boards are cleared as needed.
Placement of publications is limited to the foyer area.
Serials/Periodicals (magazines and newspapers).
Current and bound periodicals cannot be checked out or held. However, scanners and copiers are available for duplication of materials.
Solicitation is not permitted. Campus groups are able to use the foyer for noncash charitable collections under certain circumstances. See Library Policy Page on this.
Smoking in any part of the House Undergraduate Library is forbidden by State law. Electronic cigarettes are also banned in accordance with UNC's no-smoking policy.
The University's no-smoking boundary extends to 100 feet from all University facilities.
View or print a map of the affected area (will open in a new window).
The use of items including, but not limited to bicycles, scooters, roller skates, roller blades, and skateboards, in the House Undergraduate Library is prohibited. Bicycles and scooters must be secured on proper racks.