Library Policies

The Law Library policies were created to provide North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law faculty, staff, and students with a quiet and pleasant study environment. The policies were designed to preserve the collection, equipment, and library furnishings for all library users.

Reshelving Materials

Books are to be placed on book trucks for reshelving after use.

Noise Level

The library encourages quiet conversation and collaborative academic work; however, students and patrons should refrain from loud or disruptive conversations or other noisy behavior. Be considerate of other library patrons. Group study rooms are available for students who need to study together, conduct extended conversations, or view media presentations.

Food and Drink

Beverages in spill-proof containers are allowed in the library. No food is allowed.

Cell Phones

Library users are to set mobile phones and pagers on non-audible signals and to refrain from having phone conversations in the library.

Children and Minors

Patrons who bring children or minors into the library are responsible for their actions. Monitoring their activities and regulating their behavior is vital to keeping the Library in order and noise to a minimum.


Smoking is prohibited in the Law School building.


Pets are not allowed in the Law Library.

Lost & Found

The Law Library maintains a Lost & Found section at the Circulation Desk. Items are kept in Lost & Found for a limited time and then turned over to the Law School information desk.

Public Access Computers

Six public access computers, four on the first floor and two on the second floor, are available in the Law Library for access to NCCU’s databases.

Repairs or Equipment Problems

Please do not attempt to solve equipment problems. If a photocopier or microform copier has a paper jam, needs paper or ink or if any other equipment has any problem, please report it to the Circulation Desk immediately.

Circulation Policies

Borrowing Privileges

Borrowing Privileges are available to the following groups:

  • Current Faculty, students and staff at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) may borrow materials using their NCCU University ID card.
  • Faculty, students and staff affiliated with the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), University of North Carolina (UNC) system schools, and North Carolina community colleges may use their school identification card to register for borrowing privileges.

Borrowing Privileges for Public Patrons:

  • Public patrons, including alumni, are welcomed to use library materials in-house during Public Access hours. All materials must be utilized in the library. Please see the Circulation Desk staff for assistance. Library hours vary during holidays, exams, and between academic periods. Please call the Circulation Desk at 919-530-5189 for updated information.

Circulating Materials

The loan period for circulating materials is four weeks. Items may be renewed in person, by phone or online. Before renewing materials online for the first time, you will need to obtain your username and PIN from Circulation Staff.

The following books do not circulate: materials on the first floor of the library (state materials, reporters, etc.), loose leaf materials, and serials.

Reserve Materials

The loan period for reserve books and materials is three hours. A valid ID card must be presented to the circulation staff to check out any material from the library. Promptly returning reserve materials extremely important so that other students may have access to the materials.

Overnight Circulation

Some reserve materials may be checked out overnight. These materials may be checked out one hour before closing and must be returned within one hour of the Library’s opening the next day. Exception: NC Bar Exams and the last copy of a permanent reserve title do not circulate overnight.

Non-Reserve Circulating Materials

The loan period for non-reserve circulating materials is four weeks.

Renewing Books

There are three ways to renew general collection* books:

  1. Books may be renewed online by logging into “My Account” via the online catalog. To obtain your login information and PIN, please contact the Circulation Desk at 919-530-5189.
  2. Patrons may renew their books by calling the Law Library at 919-530-5189 and providing barcodes for individual books.
  3. Patrons may also renew books in person by bringing the items to the Circulation Desk to have them checked in and checked back out to them. This will also reset the number of times they can renew a book.

*Please note that reserve materials can only be renewed in person.

Access Policies

Public Access Hours Entry

Only law school students with encoded student identification cards are permitted to enter
the law building after public use hours, which are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Use of Unauthorized Exits

Patrons are to exit the School of Law Library through authorized exits only.