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Navigating the Libraries: a Guide for First-Year and Transfer Students: Transitioning to a University Library

Welcome to Carolina, and to our research library system! You might notice some differences between your high school library media center, your previous institution's library, or public libraries, and what you'll find in our University Libraries. 

Two students study in Davis Library.

What should I know about the libraries?  

  • We have over ten campus libraries, and undergrads are welcome to use all of them. 
  • We have library staff to help you with any subject. 
  • We offer hundreds of databases, millions of articles, and millions of books for you to use. 
  • We offer study spaces, and you can eat and drink in all of our libraries (other than Wilson Library Special Collections!)  

What can University Libraries staff help me with? 

  • Deciding on a research topic
  • Finding articles, books, data, and films for your research
  • Citing your sources 
  • Connecting you with other campus resources, like the Writing and Learning Center 
  • Coping with research overwhelm and library anxiety (it's a real thing!