Welcome to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University Libraries. In addition to serving the teaching, research and scholarly activities of Carolina students, faculty, staff, and the citizens of North Carolina, we welcome the use of our collections and services by researchers and scholars not affiliated with a university.
Everyone is welcome to make on-site use of the libraries; however, those who do not have a current, formal relationship with UNC must pay an annual fee for a borrower's card in order to check books out. The borrower's card also provides access to the library's public computers, but does not include off-site access to the library's online licensed resources or library services such as document delivery or interlibrary loan. Friends of the Library, UNC Alumni, resident visiting scholars, and Triangle Research Library affiliates have special borrowing and access privileges.
The Walter Royal Davis Library is the central library for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library is the repository for unique and rare library materials, which include manuscripts, archives, books, audio and visual materials, and artifacts, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Collections housed in Wilson Library include:
Computer use varies by library, but in all libraries academic work has priority.
Several of the libraries provide access to the University's guest wireless network -- Tar-Heel. More information, including instructions on configuring your laptop, is available here.
Copiers, printers, and scanners are available throughout the libraries. Most copiers and networked printers accept UNC One Cards, University Guest Cards, and cash. University Guest Cards (copy cards) can be purchased from an automated machine called a Tar Heel Teller. The cards cost $1.00, but have no value when dispensed. Money must be added to the card using the same Tar Heel Teller. Public scanners are also available throughout the libraries. Please ask at the nearest service desk for assistance or more information.
Many of the libraries offer tours of their buildings and collections for individuals and groups, as well as special presentations for school groups. To help us plan for your visit, please use our online tour request form.
Children are welcome, but for their safety, those under 14 must have adult supervision at all times.
University Libraries are committed to providing access to their collections, resources, and services to all library users, including people with physical and learning disabilities. Disability parking spaces are available across the UNC campus. Disability access to each library varies. Please contact the Library if you need assistance.
Carolina's libraries are distributed across campus in more than a dozen locations. Visitor parking is available Monday through Friday at designated lots. Closer parking may be available Monday through Friday after 5pm and on weekends, but availability varies. Check the UNC Department of Public Safety's website for more information.
From Interstate 40 (coming from Raleigh and points east):
From Interstate 85 (coming from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro):
From Interstate 85 (coming from Durham and points North):