The five libraries at North Carolina Central University are fully dedicated to promoting student success by providing a large range of scholarly resources and supporting services that are aligned with the University’s educational, research, and public service objectives.

Overview of Our Libraries

The NCCU libraries serve students, faculty, staff, and the scholarly community-at-large. We have five libraries: the James E. Shepard Memorial Library, the Music Library, the Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), the School of Library and Information Sciences (SLIS) Library, and the School of Law Library.


Research Databases





Start Your Research and Find Library Resources

Research Databases

An alphabetical list of research databases with helpful descriptions.

Find Your Librarian

Find the librarian assigned to your academic department.

Find Articles and More


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

Find Books and More

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

Interlibrary Loan

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


Find research journals by subject.

University Archives and History

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

Research Guides

Find subject guides that provide librarian-recommended resources.

Course Reserve

Find items that your professor has placed on reserve.

Request library instruction or one-on-one consultation

Request research help from a librarian.

Citation Tools

Access citation management tools and style resources.


Find online reserve materials that your professors have provided.

NCCU's Five Libraries

Shepard Library

James E. Shepard Memorial Library (Main Library)


The James E. Shepard Memorial Library is the main library on campus, with the most extended hours of services. This library houses more than 500,000 books and more than 400 research databases and is a technology-rich learning space designed for collaborative engagement and individual study.  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 and beyond. The librarians at Shepard Library provide one-on-one consultations and are available upon request to provide library instruction for small groups and larger courses. 

Student are learning on library

Curriculum Materials Center Library (CMC)

The Curriculum Materials Center, a branch of the Shepard Library, is located in the H. M. Michaux, Jr. School of Education Building. This library carries media that cover various topics related to 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 borrowed for presentations. The center provides lamination services and a binding machine.

Student in a music library

Music Library

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. It also includes a listening/viewing room used primarily for classroom assignments and a reserves room for Music Department materials.

Student on Computer

Law Library

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. 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.

Student in library reading a book

School of Library and Information Science Library

The School of Library and Information Sciences Library (SLIS) is located on the third floor of the James E. Shepard Memorial Library. The SLIS Library contains more than 40,000 volumes and subscribes to approximately 456 library-related journals and periodicals (printed and electronic) and numerous electronic databases to support students with their research.