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UNC Law Library - Remote Services and Resources

This guide outlines remote services and resources available to UNC Law faculty and students.

Circulation Services

Circulation Services

Interlibrary Loan Services

Carolina BLU Document Delivery and Interlibrary Loan services are currently fulfilling requests for materials.

  • Article Requests will be processed and filled with electronic copies whenever possible. 
  • Book Requests will not be processed if an electronic copy is available through UNC Libraries.
  • Requests for physical materials not available electronically will be processed, but delays should be expected. Books are being delivered from other campus libraries on a reduced schedule. Books are being requested from other libraries throughout the country, but many libraries are not filling interlibrary loan requests.
  • Students and faculty should make their requests for physical materials through their ILLiad accounts. ILLiad log in links are available here.

Law Library Loan Services

The Law Library is loaning physical items to members of the UNC community. Requests for loans of physical items should be made through the UNC Libraries catalog with UNC library accounts. Law students and faculty will be notified when a physical items is available and provided instructions for scheduling curbside pickup at the law school.


Checked Out Books

All library materials currently checked out have been renewed so that no fines will accrue. If you have library materials that you would like to return before the library reopens, please return books to the book drop located outside the lower rotunda entrance to the law school building.


Temporary Enhanced Online Access for Print Materials 

For a limited time, HathiTrust makes available to members the Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS), which will allow students, faculty, and staff from eligible member libraries to have online reading access to materials that are currently unavailable to them in their library collections. All users continue to have access to more than 6.7 million public domain and Creative Commons-licensed works. The ETAS services provides online access to many other monographs normally only available to the UNC Community in print. 

When searching the UNC Libraries' catalog for a book title, look for the option to view that title via HathiTrust. While not all print books are available through this service, the ETAS does provide access to digital copies of many additional titles. (Available to the UNC Community.)  

Reference Services

Virtual Reference Services

Reference Desk

The Law Library's Reference Desk is currently operating remotely, and there are a variety of ways that you can receive reference support. The Reference Desk is open Monday-Friday, from 10AM - 4PM. 

The Reference Desk can be reached in the following ways:

  • Via Email - Please email questions to the Reference Desk. The email is checked periodically throughout the day while the Reference Desk is open. Emails received on weekends or after hours will be answered as soon as possible during regular business hours. The Reference Desk email is: lawref@unc.edu.  
  • Via Chat - Use the chat box located on the right-hand side of the law library's homepage to chat with a reference librarian. This service is available whenever the Reference Desk is open. 
  • Via Voicemail - You can also call the Reference Desk and leave a message for a reference librarian. The Reference Desk voicemail is checked periodically throughout Reference Desk hours, and a librarian will return your call as soon as possible. Voicemails received on weekends or after hours will be answered on the next business day. The Reference Desk phone number is: (919) 962-1194. 

Research Appointments

UNC students can request a research appointment with a law librarian. Research appointments are useful for students who have more complex or lengthy research questions that cannot easily be answered via text or email. 

Research appointments are currently conducted via Zoom or by phone. After you submit a request for an appointment, a reference librarian will contact to you to schedule a time. 

To request a research appointment, please submit your request via the law library's website or send an email to the law library's Reference Desk. When requesting a research appointment, please provide us with a brief description of your research topic or questions.  

Faculty Services

Faculty Services

The law library continues to offer full research and reference services to UNC Law faculty. Please review the following sections for information on the various law library services available to UNC Law faculty. 

Faculty Liaison Service

A librarian has been assigned to each law faculty member to act as a liaison from the law library and to assist you with library services. Any requests or library-oriented questions may be directed to your library liaison. Some of the services your library liaison can assist with are: locating digital resources, providing research tutorials to student research assistants, conducting research on complicated research questions, assisting with legal database access, and obtaining library materials. 

A list of law library liaisons for faculty members can be viewed at this link. Please contact your liaison or Head of Reference Services Nicole Downing with any questions.


LibRA - Faculty Research Service

LibRA, the law library's faculty research service, provides research assistance for UNC Law faculty. Research is conducted by student research assistants supervised by the Faculty Research Services Librarian. LibRA can assist with both legal and interdisciplinary research projects. More information about the LibRA service can be found at this link

To make a request with the LibRA service, please email Melissa Hyland, Reference and Faculty Research Services Librarian. When you request research assistance, please provide as much detail as is practicable. Melissa Hyland will contact you as soon as possible to discuss the details of your request. 


Class Research Presentations

Law librarians can also provide in-class research instruction and support for substantive law courses, seminars, and clinics. During this time of remote teaching, law librarians are happy to conduct these sessions via Zoom. 

If you are interested in having a reference librarian present to your students, please email Nicole Downing, Head of Reference Services.