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Big LibraryThe mission of the libraries at North Carolina Central University is to provide resources and services, which support the University’s educational, research, cultural and public service objectives.

Library resources at North Carolina Central University are located in The James E. Shepard Memorial Library, The Music Library, The Library School of Library and Information Sciences, The Library of the School of Law, and The New School of Education. These libraries contain a total of over 850,000 volumes. They subscribe to a total of 6,165 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). TRLN is a cooperative comprised of libraries at Duke University, NCCU, UNC at Chapel Hill, and NC 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 remaining thirteen institutions in the UNC system, where graduate students and faculty have direct borrowing privileges.

The James E. Shepard Memorial Library contains 498,000 volumes and 140,200 federal and state documents. Microform and an extensive inventory of full-text electronic databases are among the library’s non-print resources. Some of the electronic databases can be accessed off-campus by students and faculty. An outstanding collection of books and pamphlets on African- American life and culture is found in the Treasure Room. Textbooks, curriculum guides, and non-print items in the field of education, are housed in the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC). Videocassettes and audiotapes are also part of the CMC collection. Word processing and Internet access are available on library computers for student use.

The Music Library, located on the third floor of the Edwards Music Building, contains an excellent collection of instrumental and vocal music, orchestral scores, and records, in addition to a carefully selected collection of books in the field of music. The Music Library is a branch of the Shepard Library. The School of Library and Information Sciences Library, located on the third floor of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, houses an outstanding collection of current materials and equipment to support the academic programs in library science and information systems.

The Law Library’s collection of over 302,772 volumes and volume equivalents include federal, state, and regional reports, federal and state statutory compilations, generally recognized texts, treatises, loose-leaf services, legal periodicals and appropriate indices and digests required to access them. The Library also maintains practice-oriented federal and state materials, a few non legal periodicals, some recreational reading. In addition to the traditional print and microform materials required to perform basic legal research, the library subscribes to several electronic resources including Westlaw, Lexis-Nexis, Legaltrac, and a variety of CD-ROM products.

The Law Library is a selective depository for state and federal documents and maintains a special collection of civil rights legal materials called the McKissick Collection. The Law Library is completely automated and provides reference services, interlibrary loan services, library tours, fax services, audiovisuals and photocopiers. It maintains two Computer Labs for faculty and students. The Computer Labs provide access to Word Processing, the Internet, and Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI).

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