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University Libraries

The University Libraries are the leading public research library in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina. Located centrally on College Avenue, Walter Clinton Jackson Library towers over other campus buildings. The Music Library is located in the Music Building on the corner of West Market and McIver Streets.

The Libraries now own more than 2.4 million books, federal and state documents, and microfilms. It subscribes to approximately 2,800 printed newspapers, periodicals, and other serials, more than 41,000 electronic journals in full text, and more than 310,000 electronic books. Access to more than 365 online databases and the Internet vastly expands the information resources available to students and faculty. Most of the electronic resources are also available off campus via the Internet with a valid UNCG ID. Journal Finder, a software system developed by the Libraries, allows easy, convenient access to journal articles in Jackson Library’s print and electronic collections and the ability to order other articles from document delivery suppliers or interlibrary loan, all from one desktop interface. The Libraries' Web site——is an excellent starting point for learning about all library services and resources.

The Libraries are open 144 hours a week (including 24 hours per day, 5 days per week) and staff are available for assistance whenever the buildings are open.

The Libraries have reading rooms, carrels and study areas in the stack sections, and faculty studies. Two special facilities are worth noting in Jackson Library: The CITI (Center for Information Technology and Instruction), a computer lab frequently used for instruction; and Computing and Information Systems’s SuperLab, an open computer lab with 140 computers (Windows and Macintosh) available for use by UNCG students, faculty, and staff. Both labs are located on the first floor in the tower area.

The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives include the Woman’s Collection; the world’s largest collection of cello music materials; and the Randall Jarrell, Lois Lenski, and George Herbert collections. Subjects of particular interest include collections dealing with the history of physical education and dance; American detective fiction by and about women; book arts; juvenile literature; and girls’ books in series. The special collections division has a notable collection of rare books in several fields, including author collections of the important editions of the works of Emily Dickinson, T.E. Lawrence, and Charles Dickens.

The Libraries are a depository for the University archives and for materials relating to the history of UNCG. The Women Veterans Historical Project, part of the University Archives, preserves the record and encourages the study of women working in and with the military of the United States. It documents the experience of women veterans with particular emphasis on World War II and the women of North Carolina and the institution that is now UNCG.

Jackson Library is a selective depository for U.S. government documents and for North Carolina state documents.

The Libraries can borrow material from other libraries for faculty and graduate research by means of interlibrary loan and document delivery services. Through cooperative lending agreements with the other fifteen campuses of The University of North Carolina and the thirteen campuses of the Triad Academic Library Association, faculty members and graduate students may borrow books directly from the libraries of those institutions. See "UNCG Students, Faculty and Staff—Borrowing from Other Academic Libraries" at

Friends of the University Libraries, established in 1959, supports the mission of the Libraries and provides major support for special collections and other projects.