What to know about the Libraries: Spring 2021

Updated Friday, January 29, 2021 at 1:18pm

A staff member wearing a face covering is behind a big desk and plexiglass barrier, under which he hands an item to a library user, who is also wearing a face covering

Special protocols are in place for keeping our spaces and high-touch surfaces clean and for promoting health and safety in accordance with university guidelines. Access to some spaces is limited or restricted, and some services are being offered primarily or only online.

How to borrow books & tech

Research & teaching support

Please check these pages for ongoing updates. For university updates, visit NC State's Protect the Pack page.

A Wolfpack One Card is required to enter the Libraries.

Access is limited to NC State students, faculty, and staff, and university affiliates with a Wolfpack One Card, including Centennial Campus partners.

Everyone is required to wear a face covering.

Students, faculty, staff and university affiliates are required to wear face coverings in all NC State buildings and in all university programs held in non-university buildings. Face coverings are also required in outdoor spaces, even when alone.

Enforcement: Individuals who do not adhere to the University’s Community Standards or library rules, including the requirement to wear a face covering, will lose access to the Hill and Hunt Library buildings. Staff will note the campus ID number of those who do not comply. If someone violates the standards or rules three times, their access to Libraries buildings will be revoked. They can appeal the decision to earn back access by explaining how they will follow campus and Libraries guidelines moving forward. If they violate the rules again, Libraries building access will be revoked for the remainder of the semester.

View the university’s Protect the Pack website for more details on policies and procedures to help ensure health and safety during this time.

You can borrow laptops, chargers, and calculators in person at the Hill and branch libraries.

Limited technology is available for short-term checkout at the Hill Library Ask Us center and the branch libraries (Design, Natural Resources, and Veterinary Medicine):

  • Laptops
  • Chargers
  • Calculators
  • Connectors/adapters

We are also giving away free disposable earbuds. Technology Lending Services are not available at the Hunt Library.

A broad collection of devices, including long-term laptops, is available via online request.

You can get books at the Libraries — or by mail.

You can still get books in person (other than textbooks), but we can also mail them to you instead. We deliver items from our collections by mail to any registered borrower. We also provide mail delivery for interlibrary loan materials. The service is provided at no cost to you. View more about book delivery.

Book pickup has changed at the Hunt Library. Pick-up and check-out times there are limited to 9am–5pm, Monday through Friday.

All about borrowing books & tech

Textbooks are available only by online request as ebooks or PDFs (excerpts).

  • Print textbooks and reserve books are not available to borrow in person at the library.
  • Your textbook or reserve book may already be available as an online ebook in the Catalog.
  • If not, you can view or request a scanned excerpt through Temporary Access to Chapters Online.

You can reserve individual study rooms.

We’ve converted our group study rooms into individual study rooms that you can reserve online.

Eating food is not allowed inside Libraries buildings, except for the Hunt Café.

Eating is allowed only in these locations:

  • Common Grounds Café at the Hunt Library
  • Outside the Hillsborough St. entrance at the Hill Library

Eating is not allowed anywhere else in Libraries buildings or on the outdoor terraces. Covered drinks are permitted.

Enforcement: Individuals who do not adhere to the University’s Community Standards or library rules will lose access to the Hill and Hunt Library buildings. Staff will note the campus ID number of those who do not comply. If someone violates the standards or rules three times, their access to Libraries buildings will be revoked. They can appeal the decision and earn back access by explaining how they will follow campus and Libraries guidelines moving forward. If they violate the rules again, Libraries building access will be revoked for the remainder of the semester.

The Hill of Beans Café (Hill Library) is closed until further notice.

Some spaces are not available, but you can still get help from specialists.

The Makerspace, Digital Media Lab, and other specialized library spaces are not open, but you can still get help from specialists over email or a Zoom appointment:

The Ask Us center at the Hunt Library is not staffed, but you can still get help by email, chat, and phone.


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Hours

Regular hours starting Jan. 19:

  • Hill and Hunt Libraries:
    • Monday–Thursday: 8am–10pm
    • Friday: 8am–5pm
    • Saturday:
      • Hill: noon–5pm
      • Hunt: Closed
    • Sunday: noon–10pm
  • Branch Libraries:
    • Design Library
      • Monday–Friday, 11am–3pm
    • Natural Resources Library
      • Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm (closed noon–1pm)
    • Veterinary Medicine Library
      • Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm

For holidays and special closures, view full calendar of hours