Consisting of nearly three dozen libraries, the UNC University Library system (also known as the Academic Affairs Library) has combined holdings exceeding 5,000,000 volumes, 4,000,000 microforms, 2,000,000 printed government publications, 16,000,000 manuscripts, hundreds of thousands of audiovisuals, maps and photographs, and thousands of electronic titles. The campus libraries, which support the University of North Carolina’s academic and professional programs, cover most areas of the fine arts, biomedical and physical sciences, humanities, law, and social sciences.
The Walter Royal Davis Library is the central library for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is the largest and most comprehensive library on campus and the major research facility for the humanities and social sciences.
The Health Sciences Library is the primary library for the UNC-Chapel Hill Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health and the University of North Carolina Hospitals, while also serving the health information needs of the entire university. The library collections contain over 290,000 volumes, including recent and historical materials, 4,000 current serial titles, and over 8,900 audiovisual and microcomputer software programs.
OASIS stands for the Office of Arts & Sciences Information Services. It acts to improve the lives of faculty, staff, and students in the College of Arts & Sciences by appropriately applying innovative information technologies in teaching, learning, and research.
The School of Information and Library Science (SILS) seeks to advance the profession and practice of librarianship and information science through the instruction of undergraduate students in information science, the preparation of master’s students for professional information work and library service, the preparation of doctoral students for research and more advanced positions, the opportunity for information and library professionals to engage in individually tailored continuing education, and the generation of new knowledge and new understanding about the use of information and libraries in society through a strong research and publication program.
The SILS Library collection supports teaching and research needs in information and library science for students and faculty of the School. The SILS Library consists of over 86,000 volumes, consisting of professional materials in information and library science, as well as juvenile literature designed to support courses in school and children’s librarianship. Materials include books, periodicals, newsletters, indexes in paper and CD-ROM format, annual reports, information and library science schools catalogs, vertical files, audio-visual materials, and juvenile fiction, non-fiction and historical materials.
R.B. House Undergraduate Library opened in 1968 to serve the unique needs of undergraduates. This library offers a core book collection aimed at undergraduates; services such as reserves, media, reference, and instruction; and provision of a collegial atmosphere for learning and study.
The Working Group on Scholarly Communication is a multidisciplinary problem-centered group with a broad concern for all dimensions of contemporary scholarly communication. These include, but are not limited to, the economics of publishing, the evolution of scholarly disciplines and its effect on publishing, information policy, copyright, the interactions of academic reward systems and publishing, and new communication technologies and their potential for providing relief from the crisis in scholarly communication. The Working Group focuses on the interests of faculty, the university press, librarians, and computing staff in a way that may be unique among similar groups emerging in this field.