Frequently Asked Questions

icon of an exclamation markDue to renovation and expansion-related building changes starting May 8, 2024, the library building will be closed. Some of the information on these FAQ pages may be affected. Library services are being offered virtually and at the temporary Library Help Desk in the front entrance of the library. Read more about Summer 2024 modified service plans

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Alumni Information

Once you are no longer registered for classes at UNCW, you will no longer be able to access our databases from off-campus. However, you can still visit Randall Library and use our visitor computers or Seahawk Guest wifi to access databases.

Many online databases are available to all North Carolina residents through local public libraries and NC LIVE. Visit NC LIVE for more information.

Alumni who are no longer enrolled in courses at UNCW are eligible to sign up for a free Computer User account, which will allow access to the library’s Visitor computers.

Alumni of UNCW who are still residents of North Carolina can check out materials by purchasing a NC Adult Resident Borrower’s Card. Visit this page for more information.

Gifts to Randall Library benefit the entire University by helping us provide excellent services and materials to the UNCW community.

  • Monetary donations (including memorials) are gratefully accepted for enhancing the delivery of library services.
  • You can give online through UNCW Advancement.

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To check the hours for a specific day, see the library hours calendar.

Hours vary during the summer, and when classes are not in session.

During the fall and spring semester, access between Midnight and 7am, Sunday through Thursday, is restricted to UNCW students, staff, and faculty. One Cards are required.

We will not be accepting book and other gift-in-kind donations to the general collection of the library while we are closed for renovation, May-August 2024.

  • Randall Library accepts limited donations of books and other materials if they support the current teaching and research of UNCW and fit within the Collection Development Policy of Randall Library. In general resources should be published within the last 20 years and not duplicate content already owned by the library. Subject needs and guidelines will also apply. See our Gifts Policy for more information.
    • Please contact Jeanne Cross, Coordinator of Collection Development, to discuss a possible donation.
  • For Special Collections and/or Archives materials please contact the Center for Southeast North Carolina Archives and History directly. 

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