The library is arguably the kernel of purpose for any university — including our own institution.
UNC can be called a community built around libraries, for the purpose of scholars producing knowledge. UNC also professes a commitment to the betterment of our citizenry and our state. We are proud that our library system is already doing an excellent job at this. We want it to do even better.
Even if you are not a student, you are entitled to walk into any of the libraries (all public buildings), whenever you like, to peruse what they have to offer. Beyond books, this may be a database, periodical or journal article accessible by library guest computers. At UNC, for $25 a year, you may purchase a borrower's card to take a small number of traditional books off-site to read.
NC Live is a state collaboration between library systems and higher education institutions that was started 20 years ago. It provides home access to electronic resources, such as periodicals, journals and ebooks at local libraries, for as many residents as possible. This program is a step in the right direction for our state. We suggest one specific, and one general, improvement.
Academic journals are where cutting-edge scholars write on every imaginable subject, yet access to them from home most often depends on affiliation to a state institution. Depending on the particular institution, you may or may not have access to a certain journal.