About the Collections

The NCSU Libraries is the gateway to knowledge for the North Carolina State University community and partners. The Libraries’ collections reflect the strengths of the university across formats and disciplines while dynamically providing demand-driven, network-based collections to the campus community. With extensive research holdings in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and agriculture, the NCSU Libraries is recognized as a national leader. In addition, the Libraries’ collections support research and teaching across the breadth of university activities.

Meet with a Subject Specialist

Meet with the collection manager for your subject area about your research and teaching interests. The collection manager can keep an eye out for new materials that support your research area.

Suggest a Purchase

All members of the NCSU community are encouraged to suggest additions to the Libraries' collection. Requests will be evaluated by the appropriate collection manager, based on the NCSU Libraries' collection policy and availability of funds. Materials that support the research and teaching programs of the university are given first priority. Preference will be to acquire the e-book format where available.


Free interlibrary loan is available through Tripsaver for materials not owned by the NCSU Libraries. Articles are delivered online, usually within in two business days. Books within the Triangle Research Libraries Network can be physically delivered within two business days, and NCSU faculty and sudents can also visit and borrow materials directly from those institutions.

Triangle Research Libraries Network

TRLN is made up of the libraries of NC State, Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and UNC-Chapel Hill. The consortium is renowned for its research collections and excellent services. The combined collection of more than 17 million volumes makes it the second largest academic research collection in the country.

Search TRLN brings together all TRLN collections in a single catalog. You can make a Tripsaver request for an item, or use your NCSU Faculty ID card to borrow materials directly from these libraries.

Center for Research Libraries (CLR)

Through the NCSU Libraries' membership in CRL, NCSU students and scholars also have access to the Center's significant research collections. Search CRL's online catalog or browse the CRL Topic Guides to see what is available.

Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

The Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) in D. H. Hill Library houses historical and unique materials for instruction and research. The SCRC's collections reflect particular strengths in engineering and technology; architecture and design; the history of science; the textile industry in the Southeastern United States; forestry, and the history of NC State University.

The Library System

D.H. Hill Library in the heart of the university’s North Campus holds the vast majority of the Libraries’ collections. The Special Collections Research Center within D. H. Hill Library houses historical and unique materials for instruction and research. The SCRC’s collections reflect particular strengths in engineering and technology; architecture and design; the history of science; the textile industry in the southeastern United States; forestry; and the history of North Carolina State University. The Harrye B. Lyons Design Library supports the College of Design and has collection emphases in architecture, landscape architecture, graphic design, industrial design, and art and design. The Natural Resources Library houses collections in support of the College of Natural Resources and the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences. The James B. Hunt Jr. Library located on NCSU’s Centennial Campus supports the curriculum and research programs in engineering, computer science, and textiles. The William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine holds collections in support of research and curriculum for the College of Veterinary Medicine.

2014 Collections and Journals Review

In consultation with the University Library Committee and the Departmental Library Representatives, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for FY 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000 – about 7.5% of the 2013/2014 allocation. Projected budget reductions from the university, combined with expected inflation for journals and databases of $550,000 (at a 7% annual inflation rate), necessitate preparations for steep reductions to the collection.  Learn more about the journals and databases to be cancelled.

Ways to Give

There are many ways of giving to the NCSU Libraries. Each method can reflect a donor's particular interests and each has distinct tax advantages. A charitable gift may be outright (providing immediate support to the library), it may be deferred, or it may be a bequest.