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University Libraries

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A great library is the cornerstone of a great university. At Carolina’s libraries, students find spaces where they can be productive and comfortable. Library staff curate materials, teach classes and workshops, and advance research in every discipline. Libraries keep Carolina affordable by employing nearly 200 students and providing free access to course reserves, digital journal subscriptions, multimedia equipment, and more.  

Your investment in the University Libraries is an investment in every Tar Heel. With your support, we can continue to make Carolina one of the best places in the nation to achieve an education.

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Working for UNC libraries has provided me with critical work experience and mentorship opportunities. I love serving as a bridge for my peers to learn about the resources and unique spaces that the libraries provide.

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Wilson Special Collections Library Fellowships

The Wilson Library Fellowships program offers research awards to help students, faculty, and scholars access world-class special collections and expert staff. Wilson Library Fellows produce scholarly or artistic work that advances new understandings of history and culture. Gifts to the fellowships will be DOUBLED thanks to a generous matching grant from the Kenan Charitable Trust and will help make the fellowships a permanent program of the University Libraries. 

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University Libraries Excellence Fund

The University Libraries Excellence Fund supports critical priorities at our libraries. These include advancing the teaching and research mission of the University; building, maintaining, and activating library collections; offering inviting spaces that shape the Carolina experience; and developing programs and exhibitions for our Carolina Community to experience the very best of Carolina’s libraries.

Upcoming Events

The Second Life of Campus Trees Opening Reception

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Location: Wilson Special Collections Library

Time: 5 p.m.

Cost: Free

More than Meets the Eye: Symbolic Messages Conveyed Through Maps

Date: Saturday, April 27

Location: Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m. 

Cost: Free