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  • September 19, 2014
    Banned Books Week Randall Library Exhibit

    Banned Books Week - Celebrating the Freedom to Read
    September 21-28, 2014

    An exhibit on Randall Library's second floor features recently banned or challenged books hand chosen and discussed by Prof. Michelle Manning's ENG 382 Ways of Teaching Literature students; redacted FBI files from our Government Documents Collection; and items from our general collection that inspire the freedom to read. Visit the online exhibit.

    You can also celebrate by joining the UNCW English Department for a Read-Out in front of Randall Library (near the bench with the sitting Seahawk) on Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 4 - 5:40 pm —100 minutes to honor the top 100 challenged/banned books! (Rain date is Thursday, Sept. 25, same time and location.) To participate, please grab your favorite banned book, check one out from the Randall Library Banned Books Week Exhibit, or select one from the box that will be on hand, and read a short excerpt from your text.  

    For more information about Banned Book Week http://www.ala.org/bbooks/bannedbooksweek

    100 Most Frequently Challenged Books: 1990-1999 http://www.ala.org/bbooks/100-most-frequently-challenged-books-1990%E2%80%931999

    Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century http://www.ala.org/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10

  • September 19, 2014

    Fifty years ago, Southeastern North Carolina’s modern era of surfing began on the peripheries of local beach culture.  Since then, surfing has evolved into a complex sport and lifestyle, enticing a growing number of individuals each year to pick up a board and hit the waves.  Throughout this time, UNCW has remained an increasingly popular destination for students seeking to further their education while having access to a quality surfing environment.  This exhibit highlights the golden anniversary of surfing in our region through the photography and experiences of UNCW students and alumni.

    For more information on the exhibit, opening reception and panel discussion, or participating in the online component of the exhibit, please visit the “Shooting the Curl” website.

  • September 16, 2014

    Honors College will host its annual Family Weekend Tea on Friday, Sept. 26 from 4 - 6 pm on Randall Library's second floor.*


    *This event will cause noise in an area usually designated for quiet study. Apologies for the inconvenience.

  • September 12, 2014

    Graduate students attending this workshop will learn to conduct more efficient research through the use of search techniques and research databases. Students working on a major research project that requires a literature review, such as a thesis or dissertation, will find this workshop particularly helpful.






  • September 08, 2014
    Randall Library Quick Look Up iPad Kiosks

    Three "Quick Look Up" computers on our first floor have been replaced with more contemporary iPad kiosks!

    The iPad kiosks can be used to search the library's catalog, browse our website, or reserve one of our many group study rooms.

    The new kiosks can be found in the following locations:

    • In front of Randall Library classroom RL1022
    • In front of our saltwater aquarium - convenient to the Learning Commons Helpdesk
    • At our Circulation Desk

    iPad kiosks can also be found on the first floor near our Technology Enhanced Collaboration Space (RL1045) and on the second floor at the top of the main staircase.

  • September 04, 2014

    A panel discussion sponsored by the Honors College, the Upperman African American Center and the departments of History, Sociology & Criminology, and Public & International Affairs.

    Kimberly Cook, Ph.D. - Sociology and Criminology

    Glen Harris, Ph.D. - History

    Babette Boyd, J.D. - Sociology and Criminology

    Steve Lee - SEACCL

    Deborah Maxwell - New Hanover County NAACP

    Frankie Roberts - LINC, Inc. (Lead Into New Communities)

    Wednesday, Sept. 17, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    Randall Library Auditorium (RL2047)


  • August 27, 2014

    UNC Wilmington's Autumn Showcase of Undergraduate Research and Creativity 

    Approximately 50 posters highlighting innovative student research and creative scholarly activity will be on display Monday, Oct. 27 - Monday, Nov. 3 on Randall Library's second floor.* A reception will be held Wednesday, Oct. 29 from 4:30 - 6pm, with students on hand to discuss methods and results.

    Sponsored by UNC Wilmington's Center for Support of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CSURF) and the Honors Scholars College, the posters represent a variety of research in areas such as the sciences, humanities, and professional schools and colleges. Distinguished recipients of the CSURF Undergraduate Research Fellowships and CSURF Research Travel Awards will be in attendance, as well as university and departmental honors students. 

    *Please note that some study areas on the first floor of the library will be relocated to accommodate this showcase!

  • August 26, 2014

    Randall Library is buzzing as the new academic year begins, and on behalf of Randall Library staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to campus!  I hope you had a wonderful summer!

    One of the most important resources on campus for fostering student academic success, Randall Library promotes discovery, imagination, collaboration, literacy of all kinds, and education. 

    Randall Library is...

    There are still books, but the main focus is on access to information, critical and creative thinking, and spaces and services that support your academic success.

    We continue to enjoy the collaboration with our neighbors in the building – the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Honors College, iPrint, Port City Java, the Technology Assistance Center, and the Women’s Resource and Study Center.

    Please consult our Website to help you become familiar with Randall Library and identify key services and personal contacts you may find helpful.  Remember to check out our Website for information on Library-sponsored or hosted events.

    We also invite you to visit the Library for a firsthand look at what the Library has to offer and to make an individual research consultation appointment for a more in-depth discussion with a librarian about the wealth of information available to you.

    Again, welcome. Do not hesitate to let any of us know how we can assist you with your study and research.


    Sarah Barbara Watstein
    University Librarian

  • August 25, 2014
    Synergy Common Reading Exhibit

    Exploring Anorak's Almanac is an interactive exhibit showcasing themes found in the 2014/15 Synergy Common Reading book Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. A large mural containing 1980s icons pays homage to classic video games and library users are urged to locate certain icons in the mural by using the provided clues.

    Materials from the Randall Library collection that tie to the novel's themes will be featured in the exhibit and available for circulation.

    Exhibit runs August 27th through December 15th in our Second Floor Gallery.

    For details about  UNCW’s Synergy Common Reading Experience, including a list of events, visit the University College webpage.


  • August 15, 2014
    New library homepage

    We've made a number of changes to our website over the summer and all of these changes were based on feedback from our users.

    On the homepage we've freshened up the layout, reduced the clutter and updated the search box. The search box, powered by UNCW WorldCat Local, is used to search for books, articles, journals, videos, music, and government documents held by UNCW and other libraries worldwide. Visit our Using WorldCat Local guide for more information.

    We hope you like the changes! Try it out and tell us what you think.