The libraries at North Carolina Central University provide resources and services that support the university’s educational, research, cultural and public service objectives.
Library resources are located in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) Library, the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, the Music Library, the School of Law Library and the School of Library and Information Sciences Library. These libraries contain a combined total of more than 850,000 volumes. They subscribe to more than 6,000 periodicals. Access to these collections is provided by an integrated online catalog and circulation system.
In 1994, NCCU became a member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a cooperative made up of libraries at Duke University, NCCU, UNC–Chapel Hill and N.C. State University, with combined collections of over 10 million volumes. NCCU students can borrow directly from any of the TRLN institutions by presenting a valid NCCU student ID card. Borrowing privileges at TRLN libraries are extended to faculty, staff and administrators who present a current university ID card. Additional library resources are available at the other 13 institutions in the UNC system, where graduate students and faculty have direct borrowing privileges.
The CMC, led by librarian Karen Grimwood, carries videocassettes and DVDs on the subject of education, as well as a small collection of children’s literature, kits, games and large-format books. The center has four Dell computers, one Mac, a scanner and a laptop (with cart) that can be checked out for presentations. The center provides lamination services and a binding machine, and the CMC may also be reserved for workshops.
Through the years, the library and its staff have continually adapted to new formats and emerging technologies, all the while maintaining traditional values of helpful, supportive, individualized service.
The James E. Shepard Memorial Library, the university’s main library, contains more than 500,000 volumes and 140,000 federal and state documents. Periodical subscriptions total nearly 2,000. Several microform collections and an extensive inventory of full-text electronic databases are among the library's non-print resources. Some of the electronic databases are remotely accessible.
The library also houses significant collections on African-American history, literature, children’s literature and culture. In 2001, Information Technology Services designated the Library as the location for the main student computer laboratory. Wireless technology provides Internet access throughout the facility.
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The Music Library, a branch of the Shepard Library, is on the third floor of the Edwards Music Building. It contains an extensive collection of instrumental and vocal music, orchestral scores and recordings, and a carefully selected collection of books in the field of music. There is also a listening/viewing room used primarily for classroom assignments and a reserve room for Music Department materials.
The Law Library at the NCCU School of Law provides information services and resources that promote the performance of high-quality legal research activities by faculty, students, staff and community. The library contains more than 400,000 volumes and volume equivalents. As a member of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), it also provides students and faculty with access to the holdings of the other academic research libraries in the Research Triangle. It subscribes to electronic resources that include LexisNexis, Westlaw, Fastcase, Loislaw, BNA and HeinOnline. The librarians provide training and support to users of these and other legal research databases.
The library is open 100 hours per week, and around the clock for five weeks prior to exam periods. In addition, students, faculty and staff can access most of the library’s electronic resources from remote locations anytime using the university’s Virtual Private Network. The law library’s 10 professional librarians have more than 100 years of collective experience. Members of the reference staff hold both law and library science degrees.
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