Correction: This editorial lacked information on how UNC Libraries already provides inter-library loans to most types of public libraries in the state and is celebrated for its digital access. Also, in an earlier version, the editorial incorrectly labeled N.C Live as a search engine. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the errors.
The library is arguably the kernel of purpose for any university, including ours. UNC also professes a commitment to the betterment of our citizenry and our state. For this board, this means the resources of the UNC library system should be available to all of our residents. We are proud that our system is already doing an excellent job at this. We want it to do even better.
Even if they're not a student, residents are entitled to walk into any of the libraries — all public buildings — to peruse what they have to offer. This may be traditional books. This may be a database, periodical or journal article accessible by library guest computers. At UNC-Chapel Hill, for $25 a year you may also purchase a borrowers’ card to take a small number of traditional books off-site to read.
NC Live (), established 20 years ago, is a collaboration between library systems and higher education institutions across the state. It provides access to electronic resources like periodicals, journals and e-books at home, through local libraries, for as many residents as possible. This program is a valuable step in the right direction for our state. We suggest one specific and one general improvement.
Academic journals are where cutting-edge scholarship in any imaginable subject occurs. Yet access to journals from home most often depends on affiliate status to a particular state institution. Depending on the particular institution, you may or may not have access to a particular journal.