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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.Tables are marked for quiet, low, and moderate noise levels.
  • Silence cell phones and other electronic devices.
  • Snacks and beverages with closed lids are allowed. Patrons are expected to throw away all trash.
  • Electronic cigarettes are prohibited.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • The LRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Visitors should report to the circulation desk.

User Accounts and Circulation Policies

  • A current CCCC ID and library barcode are required to check out materials.
  • Non-students must present a photo ID to open an account for checking out materials and computer usage.
  • Materials circulate for three weeks, unless otherwise stated.
  • Items may be renewed twice if the material is not needed by another patron. 
  • Materials may be returned to the circulation desk or book drops located at both LRC entrances.
  • There are no overdue fines, but patrons are responsible for the cost of lost or damaged items. Unpaid charges will prevent additional checkouts, future registration, and graduation.
  • Headphones are available for use in the library. Sound must not be audible to others.


  • General collection is located on the second floor.
  • Popular fiction is located on the first floor.
  • Audiobooks and DVDs are located on the first floor.
  • Graphic novels are located on the first floor.
  • Reference materials are located on the first floor.
  • Textbook reserves are located at the circulation desk and may be used in the LRC for two hour intervals.
  • Sound recordings are located on the first floor.
  • Popular magazines and recent academic journals are located in the reading area on the first floor. Back issues of academic journals can be requested at the circulation desk.‚Äč
  • Microfilm can be requested at the circulation desk.
  • eBooks are available from NC LIVE. See a librarian for assistance.
  • ChromeBooks are available at the circulation desk for use in the library.


  • Computers are available for enrolled Coastal and UNCW students and are to be used for academic research and school work. Coastal students can login to library computers with their 7-digit ID number. Once being entered into the lab login system at the circulation desk, UNCW students can use their UNCW ID to login to any library computer. Computer usage in the LRC is available for non-students after 3:00 p.m. Non-students may use the Ragsdale 105 computer lab before 3:00 p.m. Unauthorized downloading or installation is prohibited on all campus computers. 
  • Printing is 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.
  • Reference assistance is available by requesting a librarian or by scheduling a research appointment.
  • Group study rooms are located on the first floor and must be reserved at the circulation desk for two hour intervals. Priority is reserved for groups of two or more.
  • Individual study rooms are located upstairs and can be used on a first come, first serve, basis.
  • Handicapped study room is located on the first floor and is reserved for students in need of wheelchair access. Students may reserve this room at the circulation desk.
  • Interlibrary loans may be placed through the CCLINC online catalog for materials not owned by Coastal. Information about how to place a hold and renew materials can be found on the LRC webpage.
  • Photocopiers are located the first floor at a cost of ten cents per page.
  • Scanner and fax machines are located on the 1st floor. These services are free to Coastal students.
  • Information literacy instruction is provided by the LRC librarians. Faculty may schedule sessions by cby submitting an online request form  accessible on the LRC webpage.
  • Video rooms are located on the first floor and can be reserved at the circulation desk.

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

Students may borrow materials not available at Coastal through CCLINC Interlibrary Loan. This service allows users to borrow circulating materials from other participating libraries. 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.


Browse our subject and course-related LibGuides for help with research in specific subjects or classes.