• Posted: September 22, 2020
    Banned Books Week 2020 & Bookless Display

    Banned Books Week (Sept. 27th - Oct. 3rd)

    Join Randall Library in celebrating this year's Banned Books Week 2020 theme, "Find Your Freedom to Read" by checking out our Banned Books Bookless Display.  This display highlights the importance of open access to information and summarizes each "book’s" value.  Accompanying some "books" are descriptions and reasoning behind the work’s censorship and included personal statements written by UNCW students. These statements as part of Michelle Manning’s ENG 382: “Ways of Teaching Literature”. In this course, students performed research on banned books and wrote short descriptions that explain how the books positively impacted their lives. The Banned Books Bookless display is sponsored by The UNCW English Department and Randall Library.  To learn more about Banned Books Week, Frequently Challenged Books, or the Top 10 Most Challenged Books, view here.

    Where are the Books?! Check out our Banned Books Bookless Display

    Due to COVID-19 and social distancing, all titles remain shelved in the General Collection or virtually in e-book format. To check the availability and location of a title, please visit our catalog.  Need assistance? Reach out via chat or text us at 910-218-0782. To see display content and resources up close and personal, click here. Interested in attending the Banned Books Read-in 2020 event? For more information, click here.

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  • Posted: September 21, 2020
    Banned Books Read In 2020

    Celebrate the freedom to read what you want!

    In celebration of Banned Books Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2020), Randall Library and the UNCW English Department are co-hosting a virtual Banned Books Read-In event on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in Zoom. 


    Join us as we bring together student voices to read excerpts from their favorite Banned Books and share how their selections have impacted their lives. Participant is not required and all are welcomed to attend.  For more information and history of the American Library Association's Banned Books Week, click here. Check our Banned Books Bookless display.

    Students wrote these statements as part of Michelle Manning’s ENG 382: “Ways of Teaching Literature”. In this course, students performed research on banned books and wrote short descriptions that explain how the books positively impacted their lives. See below:



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  • Posted: September 21, 2020
     Voting Information & Resources
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  • Posted: September 16, 2020
    Digital Soundings: Exanding Digital Networks and Scholarship at UNCW

    Digital Soundings: Expanding Digital Networks and Scholarship at UNCW is a seminar series designed to foster and build on interdisciplinary research success at UNCW by providing faculty with opportunities to participate in hands-on workshops, collaborative working groups, and lectures with leading practitioners in the fields of computational text analysis and data visualization.

    Digital Soundings is supported by funding from the Office of the Associate Provost for Research and Innovation's Interdisciplinary Research Seminar Series (IRSS) grant program and is co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Randall Library. The project team includes co-PIs Kemille Moore, Ashley Knox, Jennifer Lozano, and John Knox and faculty partners Gene Felice, Mark Lammers, Brittany Morago, and Jeremy Tirrell. You can read the full IRSS proposal narrative here. Registration is required.

    For more information about this seminar and registration by visiting the Digital Soundings official page, click here.

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  • Posted: September 14, 2020
    Tabula Rasa - Randall Library Virtual Escape Room

    We’re pleased to introduce Randall Library's new virtual escape room Tabula Rasa! This virtual version of our in person escape room is a game through which students can learn more about the library while solving puzzles to “escape” a virtual room. Instructors can assign this to their students as a fun way to encounter library skills and tools—but anyone with a UNCW login can give it a go just for fun!

    To play Tabula Rasa, click here.

    For more information about how this game works, what students will students learn, and best practices for assigning it, please see the Randall Library Virtual Escape Room Educator's Guide.

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  • Posted: September 08, 2020
    She Rocks the Vote: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment

    Celebrating women's history in the United States, and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment which afforded women the right to vote.

    Come hear North Carolina House of Representatives for the 18th District Rep. Deborah Butler speak about women in politics on Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.  This event will be live-streamed at this link: https://lib.uncw.edu/butler-lecture-stream

    Along with this powerful keynote speaker, there will be a variety of exhibits – physical and virtual – throughout the Library, during the event, and on the Library's website.  On the second-floor gallery wall, you will find images and biographical essays on “Women Who Changed the World”.  During the event, Dr. Jennifer Le Zotte, Assistant Professor of History and Material Culture, and graduate History students, Kyra McCormick and Rebecca Mullins, offer a curated exhibit about birth control in twentieth-century North Carolina, and an exhibit featuring recently digitized newsletters of the League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear from the Randall Library Special Collections will be presented during and after the online event.

    Join us for an array of exhibits and events to celebrate women's history!  And don't forget to register to vote and then vote! 

    For a sneak peek of some of the unique exhibit items, see Encore’s article that came out in March when we originally planned to have the event!

    All of this was made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) LSTA Mini-Grant, along with generous support from the Gender Studies and Research Center, and the departments of English, History, and Public & International Affairs co-sponsoring with Randall Library.

    “This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) [LS-00-19-0034-19].  The IMLS is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums.  We advance, support, and empower America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.  Our vision is a nation where museums and libraries work together to transform the lives of individuals and communities.  To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.”

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  • Posted: September 08, 2020
    Barriers to the Ballot: The Voting Rights in North Carolina

    Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. In the United States, this constitutional right has been reinforced and expanded through constitutional amendments and landmark legislation, including the Fifteenth Amendment and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The ballot box is the one place where citizens, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, income, or social status are equal under the law. Yet, throughout history, there have been forces at work to deny or suppress this fundamental right. In North Carolina, voter suppression has occurred through violence and intimidation, poll taxes, literacy and identification requirements, and more. The ongoing lawsuit over North Carolina’s 2013 voter ID law shows that the question of who can vote and when remains contested in North Carolina even today. This year, 2020, marks another historic juncture in voting history as the country attempts to complete the decennial census and carry out a presidential election, both marred by the effects of an international pandemic.


    • Nadine Gibson, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Wilmington 
    • James Leloudis, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • Robert Korstad, Ph.D., Duke University 

    Please join us for a virtual panel discussion on these topics and more, September 22, 2020, at 5:30 pm.

    Zoom: https://lib.uncw.edu/barrierstotheballot

    This event is made possible through Randall Library Special Collections, in part from grant funding received through the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Randall Library Special Collections would also like to thank the UNCW History Department for co-sponsoring the event.

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  • Posted: August 18, 2020
    Make it @ Randall Logo

    Let Randall Library help you make this year what you want it to be with our Fall into the Dub event: Make It @ Randall!

    Register now in WaveLink to join us in a series of guided crafting sessions, where we'll walk you start to finish through projects like hand-stitching your own notebook, learning Canva and 3-D modeling, and creating origami bookmarks. Each session will be 30-60 minutes on Zoom, and we'll have multiple sessions throughout the day. You'll get a complete schedule and instructions for how to join from your own dorm (or apartment, or home) once you're signed up.

    The first 100 students to register will receive a free craft supply kit containing everything you need for these projects!

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  • Posted: July 17, 2020
    Fall 2020 Re-opening logo

    Randall Library will be open to UNCW students, staff and faculty beginning on August 10 with modified building and service hours. 

    Please visit our Remote Library Services page for more information about remote library support for teaching, learning and research, as well as answers to frequently asked questions about services such as returning books, accessing the physical collection, and using our online collections.

    Welcome Back, Seahawks!

    Transcripts of this video can be found at https://library.uncw.edu/resources/covid_19

    Building Access

    • Card access (UNCW OneCard) will be required for entry. 
    • Approximately 50% of our seating capacity (700 seats) available to students to comply with social distancing guidelines.
    • Study and computing furniture with be spaced 6 feet apart and students will be expected to study alone.  
    • Group study rooms and lounges will be closed during the pandemic.  
    • The building will be open with limited hours:
      • Monday – Thursday, 8:00AM – 9:00PM
      • Friday, 8:00AM – 6:00PM
      • Saturday, Closed
      • Sunday, 12:00PM – 9:00PM
    •  Find hours information for our Research Help Desk and Circulation Desk


    • The Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk will be open with limited hours.
    • Self-checkout of library materials is encouraged. There will be a self-checkout machine on the first floor, near the Circulation desk. 
    • Whiteboard markers will not be available for checkout. Instead, there will be a limited supply of markers placed in common areas for use.
    • A remote bookdrop will be available to return items adjacent to the Circulation Desk.
      • Due dates have been extended to August 21 and fines were not assessed during the library's closure. 
      • Please note that returned materials will not be removed from accounts immediately as staff are working limited hours in the building.
    • The Digital Makerspace will have reduced hours and capacity. Please visit https://digitalmakerspace.uncw.edu/
    • Archives and Special Collections services are by appointment only, Monday – Friday, 9:00AM to 5:00PM. Please visit https://library.uncw.edu/archives_special 
    • There will be no in-building library programming or events; however Randall will be hosting a number of virtual programs throughout the fall, starting with Make It @ Randall on September 2nd.

    Cleaning & Other Requirements

    • Library users are required to wear face masks inside the building. A limited supply of masks will be available at the Circulation Desk and Research Help Desk.   
    • Housekeeping staff will regularly clean the building, with a focus on high-touch surfaces. Specialized teams will be cleaning the restrooms. 
    • Library staff will be disinfecting computer stations periodically.
    • Library users are encouraged to:
      • Wash hands often, for 20 seconds, with soap and water.
      • Use hand sanitizer as needed.
      • Wipe down surfaces before use. Disinfectant wipes will be located throughout the building.
      • Follow social distancing protocols, remaining 6 feet apart. 
      • Follow one-way traffic patterns on stairwells, and throughout the library. 


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  • Posted: June 16, 2020
    Our New Homepage logo

    Randall Library is proud to present out new homepage design to the UNCW community. This new design will become the library’s homepage starting in August 2020.

    The new homepage design elevates and features our search experience ensuring access to all of our online and print content. It makes prominent some of the most used and important information on our site, including our hours of operation, library news stories, and links to finding your librarian and making a group study room reservation. With this design, we were able to improve the mobile experience of the homepage. It also calls attention to key content including popular book and ebook titles and our digital collections. We did extensive usability testing with students, staff and faculty to learn what was important to our users.

    Take a look at the new design and let us know what you think! We’d appreciate your feedback

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