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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.

Circulation Policies

  • A valid CCCC ID with current semester sticker and library barcode are required to check out materials.
  • 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.
  • Reserve Materials textbooks 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.
  • Microfilm can be requested at the circulation desk.
  • eBooks are available from NC LIVE. See a librarian for assistance.


  • Computers/Printers are available for enrolled Coastal and UNCW students and are to be used for academic research and school work. Students can log on to the computers with their 7-digit Coastal ID number. Unauthorized downloading or installation is prohibited. Students may print up to 15 pages per day of school related work for FREE and 10 cents for each additional page.
  • Reference Assistance is available by requesting a librarian in the LRC 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 people.
  • 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 with handicapped needs. 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 a page.
  • Scanner and Fax machines are located on the first floor. These services are free to Coastal students and staff.
  • Information Literacy Instruction is provided by the LRC librarians. Faculty may schedule sessions by calling 910-938-6237 or by submitting an online request form 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.