Can I access library materials if I am not affiliated with UNC?

There are several ways to access library materials if you are not currently affiliated with the university:

  • In-Library Use: Anyone is welcome to use library resources when we are open. The Health Sciences Library has 5 guest workstations that do not require UNC Chapel Hill logins. Please register at the nearby User Services desk to obtain an access code for these machines.
  • Print collection borrowing privileges from all UNC-CH Libraries are available by with a Borrower’s Card. A Borrower’s Card is $25 (annual fee) at the information desk in the HSL.  The borrower's card provides borrowing privileges to print resources that are physically a part of the HSL collection and can be checked out from the HSL collection.
  • NC Health Info: NC Health Info is an online guide to web sites of quality health and medical information and local health services throughout North Carolina. Links on NC Health Info are selected and maintained by North Carolina librarians.
  • NC Live: NC Live is a service offered state-wide through local public, community college, or academic libraries. It is an online library of e-books, magazines, newspapers, journals, media, and databases, accessible via library websites and Topics covered in the resources range from careers, business, and investing, to auto repair, health, history, and genealogy. Passwords are available to individual borrowers at NC public libraries. If you are physically located at one of the 200 member libraries across the state, then you will not need a password to access the resources. If, however, you would like to access the NC Live resources from home, you will need talk to your local public library to see if you are eligible for an account.
  • AHEC Digital Library: If you are a healthcare provider based elsewhere in the state, you may be eligible for AHEC Digital Library (ADL) access. The ADL ensures that all providers in the state have high-quality health information readily available through a variety of membership categories, ranging from access to free resources to paid subscriptions. By using the ADL, you can get full-text journals, books, and electronic databases of the literature, as well as links to carefully evaluated health information websites and clinical and educational tools.

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