James E. Shepard Memorial Library

The mission of the libraries at North Carolina Central University is to provide resources and services that support the University's educational, research, cultural and public service objectives.

Research and Guides

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An alphabetical list of research databases with helpful descriptions.

NCCU student in the library

Use our library one-search main catalog to find articles and more materials.

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Use our library's classic catalog to find books and other materials.

NCCU Students Reading

Find subject guides that provide librarian-recommended resources.

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This page lists citation management tools and style resources.

Message from Our Director


We endeavor to shape our information universe to conform to the needs of users. Our success depends on continuous, constructive feedback from students, faculty and other patrons.
— Theodosia T. Shields, Ph.D., Director of Library Services

About the Library

The James E. Shepard Memorial Library contains 500,597 volumes and 140,200 federal and state documents. Periodical subscriptions total 1,928. Several microform collections and an extensive inventory of full-text electronic databases are among the library's non-print resources. Most of the electronic databases are remotely accessible.

Start Your Research and Find Library Resources

Interlibrary Loan


Borrow items that are not available at our libraries from other institutions.

University Archives and History


Find historical collections, artifacts, photographs, and other materials that document the history of NCCU.

Course Reserve


Find courses that your professor has placed on reserve.

Request Library Instruction or One-On-One Consultation


Request research help from a librarian.



Find online reserve materials that your professors have provided.

North Carolina Central University: The Early Years


This collection highlights the early years of North Carolina Central University.

Library Departments


View our complete library staff directory.

Borrowing Services


Find out about borrowing and circulation at the Shepard Library.

Special Collections


Find out about our rich collection of archival-related publications.

Government Document Resources


Find world, federal, United States, North Carolina and statistical resources.

Library Instruction


Course-related library instruction is designed to introduce students to research strategies and the basic information sources available for a particular class or subject.

Get Help

Get help from Shepard Library staff.

Library Class Calendar


View the Shepard Library Instruction Class Calendar.

Shepard Library Website Survey


We hope to hear from you and have you tell us about your experience on our website. 

Institutional Repository


This resource includes many online full-text articles, audio recordings, dissertations and other formats. The materials are indexed by Google and are available to scholars and researchers.