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University Libraries

Borrow a Textbook

University Libraries gives students access to assigned textbooks and other course materials whenever possible, especially for courses with more than 100 students.

Textbook Collection and Policies

Check out textbooks on a first-come, first-served basis at the Circulation Desk on the Main Level of Thomas Cooper Library. You must have a valid CarolinaCard. 

Textbooks are purchased for courses with more than 100 students. Additional materials are provided by instructors or the library's collections, but the library does not have the assigned textbook for every course offered at the university.

Search by Course
Check to see if the library has the textbook for a specific class.

Check Out Policy

Generally, you can borrow textbooks for 2 hours and they must stay in the building. There are exceptions, and exact due date and time is provided at check out. Renewals are not allowed so all students have the opportunity to use these in-demand items.

Fines and Blocks

Returning a textbook late can block you from future textbook check outs.

  • Building use only and overnight loans: $5.00 per hour
  • One-day, three-day and one-week loans: $15.00 per day

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