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Policies and Services: Library Information

General Policies

  • To ensure an atmosphere conducive to study, it is expected that students limit conversation and show consideration for others. The first floor is designed for a moderate noise level for collaborative study. The second floor is strictly for QUIET study.
  • Cell phones and other electronic devices must be silenced while in the LRC. Incoming calls need to be taken outside.
  • Small snacks and beverages with closed lids are allowed. The LRC requests no eating at the computers. Patrons are expected to throw away all trash.
  • For-profit services cannot take place in the LRC.
  • Children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under the age of 16 are not to use LRC computers.
  • Visitors are asked to report to the circulation desk.
  • The LRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Please direct all suggestions and concerns to the Director of Library Services.

User Accounts and Circulation Policies

  • Coastal and UNCW students are required to have a school ID and library barcode to checkout LRC materials. Library barcodes can be obtained by completing an application at the circulation desk.
  • Books and audiobooks circulate for 3 weeks, unless otherwise stated. In fairness to other patrons, book checkout in a series is limited to two volumes in that series at a time. Graphic Novels in a series is limited to four volumes in that series at a time. Exceptions can be made for semester and holiday breaks
    There is no checkout limit for all other books and audiobooks. No overdue fines are charged for books or audiobooks, but patrons are responsible for the cost of lost or damaged items, plus a $10 processing fee for each item. Unpaid charges will prevent additional checkouts, future registration, and receipt of transcripts. 
  • DVDs circulate for 3 days with a maximum of 3 DVDs checked out at a time to currently enrolled Coastal and UNCW students. Longer checkout time is given to DVDs with more than one disk. In fairness to other patrons, DVD checkout in a series is limited to one season/volume at a time. Exceptions can be made for semester and holiday breaks. There is a $1 per day overdue fee for each DVD. After a $30 late fee, the patron is responsible for an additional $10 processing fee and any replacement charge over $30. If a DVD is lost or damaged, patrons are responsible for the replacement cost of the DVD, plus a $10 processing fee and accrued late fees.
  • There are no holds or renewals for LRC DVDs. 
  • Books may be renewed twice if the book is not needed by another patron. Renewals for interlibrary loans are contingent upon the lending library. DVDs are not renewable.
  • Books can be returned at the circulation desk or book drops located at both LRC entrances. We ask that DVDs and audiobooks NOT be put in the book drops. 

Information for Non-students

  • Members of the community are welcome to use the LRC materials and services, excluding interlibrary loans and DVDs. 
  • In order to open a library account for checkout privileges, non-students must present a photo ID with a current address. (utility bill will suffice, if current address is not on photo ID)
  • For computer usage non-students must register in the lab login system at the circulation desk with their driver's license or military ID. 
  • If available, non-students may use LRC study rooms with the understanding that Coastal and UNCW students have priority.
  • Non-students may check out a limit of five books. 
  • Non-students are responsible for adhering to all LRC policies.


  • Audiobooks are located on the 1st floor near the Fiction section.
  • Chromebook laptops are available at the circulation desk for use in the library for two hour intervals.
  • DVDs are located on the 1st floor in the DVD carousels by the LRC windows. DVDs are shelved in alphabetical order by title. 
  • e-books are available from NC LIVE. See a librarian for assistance.
  • General Collection is located on the 1st floor.
  • Graphic novels are located on the 1st floor near the Fiction section.
  • Headphones are available for use in the library and must be checked out at the circulation desk. Sound must not be audible to others.
  • Microfilm can be requested at the circulation desk. Microfilm machine is located on the 2nd floor.
  • Music CDs are located on the 1st floor near the stairs.
  • Newspapers are located in the reading area on the 1st floor.
  • Popular Fiction is located on the 1st floor. Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author's last name.
  • Popular magazines and academic journals are located in the reading area on the 1st floor. Back issues of academic journals can be requested at the circulation desk.‚Äč
  • Quick Pick Reads Collection is located on the 1st floor near the Fiction section.
  • Reference materials are located on the 1st floor.
  • Textbook reserves are located at the circulation desk and may be used in the LRC for two hour intervals.
  • Portable whiteboards are located on the 1st floor for patron use.


  • Accessible study room is located on the 1st floor and is reserved for students in need of wheelchair access. Students may reserve this room at the circulation desk.
  • Computers and printers are available for enrolled Coastal and UNCW students, faculty, staff, and community members who are registered in the lab login system. Enrolled Coastal students can log in to any LRC computer using their MyCCCC portal username and password. UNCW students can log in using their UNCW username and password. Unauthorized downloading or installation is prohibited on all campus computers. 
  • Group study rooms are located on the 1st floor and can be reserved at the circulation desk for 2 hour intervals. Priority is given to enrolled students and groups of two or more.
  • Individual study rooms are located upstairs and can be used on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Information literacy instruction is provided by the LRC librarians. Faculty may schedule sessions for instruction or request bringing their classes to the library by submitting an online request form  accessible on the LRC webpage.
  • IT monitors are available to assist students with technology needs.
  • Photocopiers are located on the first floor at a cost of ten cents per page.
  • Printers are available and students may print up to 15 pages FREE per day. Each additional page is 10 cents. Non-students may print at a cost of 10 cents per page. Payment can be made at the circulation desk.
  • Reference assistance is available by requesting an appointment with a librarian at the circulation desk or by scheduling a research appointment online.
  • Reserve textbooks and other reserve resources are available for use in the library and may be checked out for 2 hour intervals.
  • Scanner and fax machines are located on the 1st floor. 

Reserve Materials

Faculty may place specific books on reserve for individual courses. Check your syllabus or with your instructor to determine if the item is on reserve. All reserve items can be checked out with a library barcode at the circulation desk and are to be used ONLY in the LRC for two hours. Promptly returning reserve materials is extremely important so that other students may have access to the materials.

Interlibrary Loans

Coastal and UNCW students may borrow materials not available at Coastal through the CCLINC interlibrary loan service. This service allows users to borrow circulating materials from other participating libraries for a three week period. If ILL renewals are needed patrons must bring the items to the circulation desk. Interlibrary loan requests may be submitted through the CCLINC online catalog. Patrons will be notified by email or phone when the items are available for pick up. For more information on how to place an interlibrary loan request, see our how-to guide here.


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