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







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 – 12:00AM
    • Friday, 8:00AM – 6:00PM
    • Saturday, Closed
    • Sunday, 12:00PM – 12:00AM
  •  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.
  • 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 August 26.

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.