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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. Incoming calls need to be taken outside.
  • 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 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.

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. 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 30 days overdue, the patron is responsible for the replacement cost of the DVD, plus a $10.00 processing fee per DVD. If a DVD is lost or damaged, patrons are responsible for the replacement cost of the DVD, plus a $10 processing fee for each item.
  • There are no holds or renewals for LRC DVDs. 
  • Books may be renewed twice if the book is not needed by another patron. 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.


  • Audiobooks are located on the first 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 first 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 second floor.
  • Graphic novels are located on the first 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 first floor near the stairs.
  • Newspapers can be checked out at the circulation desk.
  • Popular Fiction is located on the first floor. Fiction is shelved alphabetically by author's last name.
  • Popular magazines and 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
  • Quick Picks Collection is located on the first floor near the Fiction section.
  • 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.


  • Accessible 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.
  • 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 LRC computer. Unauthorized downloading or installation is prohibited on all campus computers. 
  • Group study rooms are located on the first floor and can 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.
  • 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.
  • Photocopiers are located on the first floor at a cost of ten cents per page.
  • 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. 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.
  • Scanner and fax machines are located on the 1st floor. 
  • Video rooms 101 and 102 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

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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