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Borrowing Guidlines at a Glance

Special BorrowersUndergraduate StudentsGraduate StudentsDoctoral StudentsFaculty/Staff
Checkout Limit 5 books 10 books
(20 for honors students)
20 Unlimited
Loan Periods
(Main Collection & Black Studies)
3 weeks 1 semester
Course Reserve Materials 2 hours (Library Use Only), overnight, 3 days, or 1 week
Textbooks (Reserves) 2 hours (Library Use Only)

Technology Items

–Headphones (7)
–Microphones (2)
–Webcams (3)
2 hours (Library Use Only)
Videocameras & Tripods (2) 3 days n/a


Group Study Rooms (10)
–Whiteboard Markers/Eraser (5)
2 hours (renewable based upon availability) n/a
Laptops (125) 1 Semester n/a
Audiovisuals 3 days 1 week
Government Documents 1 week
Periodicals Library Use Only
Reference Materials Library Use Only
Special Collections/Archives Library Use Only

Borrowing Guidelines

The guidelines for borrowing materials from the Bluford Library.

General Information

  • An active, valid Aggie One Card is required to borrow materials (exception: Non-University Borrowers). This means you must be a currently enrolled student, or currently employed university employee.
  • Borrowing privileges are not transferrable.
  • You are responsible for items borrowed until they are returned to the library.
  • Lost or damaged materials will incur a replacement charge plus a $15.00 processing fee.

Borrowing Guidelines


  • Most materials may be renewed once. Learning Resources Center, overdue, and high-demand materials are not renewable. Renewals may also be made by telephone, call 336.285.4164. Doctoral students are not allowed renewals due to the extended loan time available to them. Non-University Borrowers are not allowed to renew materials.
  • Renewals must be made on or before the due date. Items that have been recalled, are overdue, or have a pending hold request cannot be renewed.

Overdue Materials

  • A courtesy notice will be sent via email when an item is one day overdue. An overdue item cannot be renewed.
  • A second notice will be sent via email when an item is ten days overdue. A final email will be sent informing you when your library privileges have been suspended.

Stolen Library Materials

  • If a library item has been stolen from you, you are responsible for all fine and fees. Contact us in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone at 336.285.4164. A police report of the theft will be required.

Billing/Lost Status/Fines

  • Library materials not returned within 30 days (all students) or 60 days (faculty/staff) after the due date will be presumed lost and your library privileges will be blocked. A replacement fee and non-refundable $15.00 processing fee will be charged. 
  • If the item is returned in good condition after it was declared lost, you will still be responsible for the $15.00 processing fee but you will receive a credit slip for any remaining balance you have already paid. The library reserves the right to refuse return of overdue, lost, missing, or damaged items.
  • Lost book charges must be paid at the Cashier's Office in the Dowdy Administration Building. Non-payment will prevent you from checking out library materials and course reserves, registering for classes, participating in commencement or receiving transcripts from the University.

Hold Requests

  • You can request an item be placed on hold. Held items will remain on the Hold Shelf for 7 days after you are notified via email or telephone that the item is available.
  • To place a hold request, you must have the title and call number for the item. Hold requests may be made in person at the Circulation Desk or by telephone, call 336.285.4164.
  • Items that receive multiple hold requests may be placed on reserve for a 1- or 3-day checkout period.


  • If an item is requested by another patron, a recall notice is generated. Recalled materials must be returned to the library within 24 hours of receiving the recall notice. Failure to return a recalled book within 10 days will result in a fine of $10.00 per day up to a maximum of $100.00.

Search Requests

  • If an item is listed as "AVAILABLE" in the online Catalog but appears to be missing, you may submit a Search Request Form at the Circulation Desk to receive assistance from Access Services staff.
  • The Search Request must include:
    • Your name and address
    • Your email address and local telephone number
    • The correct call number for the item
  • These requests are checked daily; the search will continue until either the item is found or submitted for possible replacement.
  • If the item is found, it will be dated and placed on the hold shelf for seven days. It will be returned to the shelf if not picked up by then.

Regional Borrowing Agreements

A&T students, faculty and staff may also borrow from other local and regional libraries:

Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery

For items that are not available locally, the Interlibrary Loan service can attempt to borrow materials from other libraries. Please see our Interlibrary Loan Service page for more information.

Distance Education and Online Services

For our current faculty, employees and students, we will mail books from our collection to you, free of charge, with a prepaid label to return them. Please contact  for additional information.

Additionally, you may take advantage of our Cooperative Library Lending Agreement(PDF) that allows current students, faculty, and employees to borrow books from any of the 16 constituent libraries of the University of North Carolina.

Please see our Distance Education Students section for more information.

Non-University Borrowers

The F.D. Bluford Library serves the wider community as well. Please see our Non-University Borrowers section for more information.

Wednesday, January 19 to
Sunday, March 6, 2022 
Sunday 1pm to 1am
Monday through Thursday 8am to 1am
Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 7pm