North Carolina Resident Borrowers

Welcome to the William Madison Randall Library

We invite your use of library materials and reference services. Our hours are available here, and our catalog can be searched here.

North Carolina residents (over 18 and out of high school) may purchase a Borrower's Card, valid for one year, for $25.00 upon presentation of a valid North Carolina driver's license or a valid picture ID along with a document containing a current N.C. address. The $25.00 fee is waived for citizens over 65 years of age.

How to borrow materials

When borrowing materials, please observe a few regulations:

  1. NC Resident borrowers may have as many as four (4) items checked out. In addition, you may borrow as many US or NC Government documents as you wish. 
  2. Audiovisual materials may be checked out of the building for seven (7) days.
  3. Collections restricted to in library use include periodicals, reference, index, Curriculum Materials, Special Collections (rare books, Southeastern North Carolina Collection, manuscripts) and the University Archives.
  4. Randall Library provides an extensive array of electronic databases, most of which are available to the general public on visitor computers in the library.
  5. Please remember that borrowing privileges are not transferable with one exception. High school students enrolled in grades 9-12 may be added as an authorized user to an adult parent's or guardian's borrower's card. By sponsoring their child, the parent or guardian assumes responsibility for the return of all materials and the payment of any charges assessed for damage or over dues. To check out materials, the high school student should present their parent's or guardian's borrower card and their high school identification card or driver's license at the Randall Library Circulation Desk.
  6. Borrowers are responsible for items checked out until the items are returned to the Circulation Desk. Lost or damaged materials must be paid for.
  7. Most items may be renewed at the Circulation Desk. Unless overdue or requested by another user, items may also be renewed by telephone (962-3272), or using the Library's online system.
Loan Period

The loan period is:

  • 28 days for books from the general and juvenile collections and for government documents.
  • 21 days for books from the featured new books collection.
  • Audiobooks, DVDs, VHS tapes, and CDs circulate for seven (7) days.
  • Reference items and periodicals must be used in the building.

You may renew overdue materials online (access My Library Record,) by phone (910-962-3272), or in-person but  if another person has placed a hold (request) on an item, renewal is not permitted.

A/V Renewals: Renewals for videos, DVD's, CDs and audiobooks are limited to two (2) per item.

Featured New Books: Renewals for this collection are limited to one (1).

Overdue Charges

If items are not renewed or returned by the due date, replacement costs will be issued for items that are at least 14 days overdue. The bill will include the replacement cost and a $15 non-refundable billing fee per item. If items are returned to the Library within two months after a bill has been issued, a waiver of the replacement charge(s) may be requested but the non-refundable billing fee(s) will not be waived.

Payment of Charges

Payment may be made by check,  cash (exact change only) or with  Visa or MasterCard at the Circulation Desk; checks should be made out to UNCW.  

  • Collections restricted to in library use include periodicals, reference, index, Special Collections and the University Archives.
  • No holds (i.e.. requests for items already checked out) are allowed.
  • NC Resident borrowers are not eligible for UNCW's Interlibrary Borrowing services. Please use your local public library for this service.
  • NC Resident borrowers are not eligible for laptop or equipment checkout.
  • NC Resident borrowers are not eligible for Reserve material checkout.




Please inquire at the Research Help Desk for assistance in using the library and at the Circulation Desk for questions about borrowing privileges and your library account. 

Questions about this policy may be addressed to rlcirculation [at]


Last Update:  June 19, 2019.

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