Circulation Services

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.

Loan Periods and Fines

Materials Loan Period Fines
Law Stacks: General Collection Books 30 days $0.50 per day
Law Reserve: Books  3 hours $0.25 per hour
Law Reserve: Media Collection  3 days $1.00 per day

$25.00 is the maximum overdue fine charged for returned materials

Lost and Damaged Books and Replacement Fees

Replacement for all books: $100.00 per book Processing fee for all books: $25.00 per book Maximum Lost/Damaged Book fee: $125.00 per book Replacement for all DVD, VHS, and CD: $125.00 per item Processing fee for all DVD, VHS, and CD: $25.00 per item Maximum Lost/Damaged DVD, VHS and CD fee: $150.00 per item

  • Patrons are responsible for the books they borrow and will be charged for damaged or lost books. Books are automatically declared lost and the patron is billed when the item is 21 days overdue.
  • All lost books will be subject to a $25.00 processing fee in addition to the lost book fee.
  • Books returned after they have been declared lost will be charged $50 (maximum late fee + processing fee), but the replacement costs will be waived.
  • When books have been damaged beyond repair (including highlighting, underlining or writing) or are known to be irretrievably lost, patrons may contact the Access Services Librarian to arrange replacement of the item. Replacement copies must be new and the same edition as the lost material.

Collection of Fines

  • Student fines and fees will be applied to the students’ Banner account for payment through the Bursar’s Office.

If you have any questions about fines and billing, please email Jonathan Beeker, Access Services Librarian, or call 919-530-6608.

Circulating Materials

The loan period for circulating materials is four weeks. Students must have their Banner ID number in order to check out materials. 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. Please call 919-530-5189 to obtain this information. The following books do not circulate: materials on the first floor of the library (state materials, reporters, etc.); loose leaf materials, and serials. If you are unsure if the item you want circulates, please take it to the circulation desk and they will check for you.

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 in person 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.

Reserve Materials

The loan period for reserve materials is three hours unless otherwise specified by a professor. Students must have their Banner ID number in order to check out reserve materials. Promptly returning reserve materials is extremely important so that other students may have access to the materials. Due to this, failure to return Reserves items on time will result in Westlaw account suspension.

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. Exceptions: North Carolina Bar Exams and the last copy of a permanent reserve title do not circulate overnight.

Course Resources

Faculty may place specific books on reserve for individual courses using the Course Reserve Request Form. Students should refer to the course syllabus or check with their professor to determine if the material is on “Reserve” or “Course Reserve.” Renewals for “Course Reserve” materials may be limited.

Acquisition Requests

The Law Library aspires to develop a collection of materials to support the research and instructional needs of the NCCU School of Law Community. To be successful in this goal, the Law Library welcomes recommendations of materials it should acquire. Please email recommendations to Nichelle J. Perry, Assistant Law Library Director, at

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

NCCU Law students may borrow resources not available at NCCU through Interlibrary Loan. This service allows users to borrow circulating sources from other libraries throughout the nation via OCLC. Requests may be submitted at the circulation desk, by phone 919-530-6608 or using the Interlibrary Request Form. Requestors will be notified by email when the item(s) is/are available. Please allow 48 to 72 hours to retrieve materials from neighboring university libraries and as much as seven business days to receive an interlibrary loan requested from other libraries. Please note that the Law Library does not use the same interlibrary loan system as Shepard Library. Use ILLiad to place a request through Shepard Library.

In the interest of maintaining good relations with the lending libraries, due dates must be honored. If a borrower disregards due dates, it may be necessary to place a hold on their patron record and refuse further services.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students who need assistance in retrieving or copying materials, access to the second floor of the library, or other services should ask for assistance at the circulation desk.

Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)

NCCU participates in a Triangle-wide consortium which includes the University of North Carolina (UNC), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and Duke University. Membership in this consortium gives NCCU students and faculty borrowing privileges at all TRLN Libraries. Go to TRLN’s website for directions to these libraries, hours of operation and circulation policies.

University of North Carolina Cooperative Library Lending Program (UNC-COOP)

This program allows NCCU Law students and faculty to borrow materials directly from all academic libraries in the UNC system with a valid NCCU identification card.