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Check Out Materials

Where to Check Out?

From Atkins Library, check out at the Information and Research Desk on the first floor. See the Atkins Library floor map.

From Hight Architecture Library in the Storrs Building, check out at the Circulation Desk. See the Hight Architecture Library floor map.

For a list of where to return your library items, see Renew & Return.

Our Check Out Policies

Use only your own ID card. Misusing ID cards may prevent you from checking out items in the future. In some cases, you may assign someone to pick up library items for you.

Take care of your library items. We all share them! Keep them safe from writing, highlighting, food/water spills, and tearing. If you lose or damage your item, you’ll have to pay for its repair or replacement. See Fines and Lost Items for more information.

What Can I Check Out?

If you’re a current faculty, staff, or student at UNC Charlotte, you can borrow an unlimited number of items. Otherwise, you can borrow up to six items at a time.

This set of collections need to stay in the building, so we can’t check them out:

  • The Suzuki Collection
  • Local Documents
  • Microfilm and Microfiche items
  • Map Collection

Everything else is borrowable, but your access may depend on what type of borrower you are. See the guide below for more details.

Who Can Borrow and What You'll Need

To borrow, bring your 49er ID card.

Retired Faculty and Staff that keep lifetime library privileges as if still an active employee.

To borrow, bring your 49er card.

Community members that make an annual donation to the library to become a Friend.

To borrow, bring a valid state driver's license, identification card, or voter registration card. 

Faculty/Staff from CAEC member institutions.

To borrow, bring your ID and CAEC card from home institution. Card not valid after the expiration date set by your home institution.

Graduates of UNC Charlotte. Alumni automatically become Friends of Atkins Library and have free borrowing privileges.

To borrow, bring a valid state driver's license, identification card, or voter registration card, AND, your Friends of the Library card.

Who: Guests from other schools in the UNC System. Your borrowing privileges are defined by our Cooperative Lending Agreement and last at least through the end of the semester in which you verify your status.

To borrow, bring: Your school ID from your home institution

Family members of current UNC Charlotte Faculty and Staff (including spouses and children age 16 or older).

To borrow, bring: A driver's license or other photo ID along with your library card at the time of checkout. Your borrowing privileges will expire one year after the issue date. 

Retired Faculty and Staff from UNC Charlotte.

To borrow, bring: A valid UNC Charlotte Retiree 49er card.

Visiting scholars or other individuals sponsored by a unit of Academic Affairs. Learn more about becoming a sponsored guest.

To borrow, bring: a current 49er card.

Groups that are here for a short period for temporary programs. Your program director will provide a list to us of authorized borrowers. After confirming you’re on the list, we’ll create an account for you and issue you a card. 

To borrow: bring: your temporary borrower’s card if you’ve already received it.

Currently enrolled students at Catawba Valley Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Gaston College, Mitchell Community College, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, and Wake Technical Community College who plan to transfer to UNC Charlotte to pursue a bachelor's degree.

To borrow, bring: A UNC Charlotte 49er card.

What's Available To Me?

Interlibrary Loan Yes
Online Licensed Resources On and off campus access
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 180 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book yes
Item limit unlimited
   
Periodicals  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited
   
Course Reserves  
Loan period 1 or 3 hours; 1, 3 or 7 days
Renewals 0
   
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment)  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
Calculators & Phone Charging Kits  
Loan period 24 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
Laptops (Available for student checkout only)  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit 1
   
Video games  
Loan period 3 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book Yes
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan Yes
Online Licensed Resources On and off campus access
Periodicals No
   
Books  
Loan period 60 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book yes
Item limit unlimited
   
Course Reserves  
Loan period 1 or 3 hours; 1, 3 or 7 days
Renewals 0
   
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment)  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
Calculators & Phone Charging Kits  
Loan period 24 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
Laptops  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit 1
   
Video games  
Loan period 3 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book yes
   
Tests & Assessments*  
Loan period 3 days
Renewals 0
*Only students with permission from the instructor may check these items out.  
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan Yes
Online Licensed Resources On and off campus access
Periodicals No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book yes
Item limit unlimited
   
Course Reserves  
Loan period 1 or 3 hours; 1, 3 or 7 days
Renewals 0
   
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment)  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
Calculators & Phone Charging Kits  
Loan period 24 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
Laptops  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit 1
   
Video games  
Loan period 3 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book yes
   
Tests & Assessments*  
Loan period 3 days
Renewals 0
*Only students with permission from instructor may check these items out.  
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On and off campus access
Periodicals No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book no
Item limit 6
   
Course Reserves  
Loan period 1 or 3 hours; 1, 3 or 7 days
Renewals 0
   
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment)*  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
*ECHS students must have parent or guardian permission in order to check out library technology except for wireless keyboards, mice, and HDMI cables associated with study rooms.  
   

Calculators & Phone Charging Kits*

 
Loan period 24 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
*ECHS students must have parent or guardian permission in order to check out library technology except for wireless keyboards, mice, and HDMI cables associated with study rooms.  
   
Laptops  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit 1
   
Video games  
Loan period 3 hours
Renewals 0
Item limit 1
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book yes
   
Tests & Assessments*  
Loan period 3 days
Renewals 0
*Only students with permission from instructor may check these out.  
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources JSTOR off campus; On campus for all others.
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits, No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits, No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits, No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited
   
Cost of Membership $49 annual donation

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits, No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits, No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited

Interlibrary Loan No
Online Licensed Resources On campus access only
Periodicals No
Course Reserves No
Technology (iPads, digital cameras, audio equipment, tripods, circuitry, projectors, gaming equipment) No
Laptops, calculators, phone charging kits, No
Video games No
Tests & Assessments No
   
Books  
Loan period 21 days
Renewals 2
Recall checked out book No
Item limit 6
   
CIMC Collection  
Loan period 21 days
Item limit unlimited
Renewals 2
Recall a checked out book No
   
Videos, DVDs, CDs  
Loan period 7 days
Renewals 2
Item limit unlimited