- We expect users to respect the comfort and safety of fellow library users and library staff. If your behavior is making others unsafe or uncomfortable, we’ll ask you to stop.
- We expect users to comply with requests from library staff. If you don’t, we reserve the right to suspend privileges and/or access.
- We expect users to comply with local, state, and federal laws. If you break the law, we may prosecute.
If you feel that something or someone is making your experience here uncomfortable or unsafe, please let a staff member know.
|Item||Check out period||Times you can renew|
|New books||2 weeks||3|
|Non-Fiction videos and TV series||3 weeks||3|
|Feature Films on DVD||1 week||3|
|Friends’ books (marked with a blue tab)||2 weeks||0|
|Kids book kits||3 weeks||3|
|Adult book kits||6 weeks||0|
If another user has placed a hold on an item that you have checked out, you will not be able to renew.
|Item||Fine per day||Maximum|
|Media Lab equipment||$2.50||None|
|Lost library card||First time free||$1.00 per replacement|
If you ever accumulate more than $25 in fines, you won’t be able to check out any more physical materials until you talk with us. Please understand that you are our top priority, and we want to work with you to find ways for you to keep using the library.
A grace period is in effect for three days after the due date for all items except Digital Media Lab equipment or Book Kits. For items returned on the fourth day past the due date, fines will start from the original due date.
- We abide by state laws governing library privacy.
- We provide access to numerous online resources. When you use those resources, you are subject to their terms and privacy policies.
North Carolina General Statutes
The Library complies with North Carolina General Statutes, which include an Article on library user records.
Chapter 125. Libraries. Article 3. Library Records.
§ 125-18. Definitions.
As used in this Article, unless the context requires otherwise:
(1) “Library” means a library established by the State; a county, city, township, village, school district, or other local unit of government or authority or combination of local units of governments and authorities; community college or university; or any private library open to the public.
(2) “Library record” means a document, record, or other method of storing information retained by a library that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific information or materials from a library. “Library record” does not include nonidentifying material that may be retained for the purpose of studying or evaluating the circulation of library materials in general. (1985, c. 486, s. 2.)
§ 125-19. Confidentiality of library user records.
(a) Disclosure. – A library shall not disclose any library record that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials, information, or services, or as otherwise having used the library, except as provided for in subsection (b).
(b) Exceptions. – Library records may be disclosed in the following instances:
(1) When necessary for the reasonable operation of the library;
(2) Upon written consent of the user; or
(3) Pursuant to subpoena, court order, or where otherwise required by law. (1985, c. 486, s. 2.)
We are working on improving the process to make it more convenient and thank you for your patience.
To make a financial contribution, please contact us at (919) 969-2032.
Printing and Scanning
Laser printing costs $.15 per page for black and white and $.50 for color copies.
Collections Development Guidelines
- Popular demand!
- Critical reviews from the industry and media
- Established authority of an author or their publisher
- Current or long-term significance of a work
- Accuracy and timeliness
- Relationship to existing collection
- Price, format, condition, and ease of use
The library Director has ultimate authority for the collections. That responsibility is shared with our staff of professional librarians.
We also accept donated materials for consideration as additions to the collection, including works by local authors. We reserve the right to use or not use any donation as we see fit. Once we accept a donation, it becomes the property of Chapel Hill Public Library. Due to the high volume of donations, we do not return donations or track their status in the consideration process.
Albert Susan Wittig
Allen Sarah Addison
Andrews Mary Kay
Beaton M. C.
Born James O.
Box C. J.
Boyle T. Coraghessan
Bradford Barbara Taylor
Brown Rita Mae
Bujold Lois McMaster
Burke James Lee
Cameron W. Bruce
Card Orson Scott
Cherryh C. J.
Clark Carol Higgins
Clark Mary Higgins
Clark Mary Jane
Clarke Richard A
Davidson Diane Mott
de Castrique Mark
de los Santos Marisa
De Rosnay Tatiana
Dickey Eric Jerome
Divakaruni Chitra Banerjee
Douglas Carole Nelson
Evans Richard Paul
Fairstein Linda A.
Foer Jonathan Safran
Fowler Connie May
Fowler Karen Joy
Frank Dorothea Benton
Garcia Marquez Gabriel
George Elizabeth A.
Griffin W. E. B.
Hall James W.
Hamilton Laurell K.
Hart Carolyn G.
James P. D.
Jance J. A.
Jenkins Jerry B.
Kellogg Marne Davis
Kidd Sue Monk
King Laurie R.
Konrath J. A.
Koontz Dean R.
Krentz Jayne Ann
La Plante Lynda
Lansdale Joe R.
Le Carre John
Le Guin Ursula K.
Lindskold Jane M.
Martin George R. R.
Mason Bobbie Ann
McCall Smith Alexander
McLaughlin Emma and Nicola Kraus
Medlicott Joan A.
Miller Linda Lael
Modesitt L. E.
Moning Karen Marie
Monroe Mary Alice
Murphy Shirley Rousseau
Oates Joyce Carol
Parker Robert B.
Parker T. Jefferson
Patterson Richard North
Preston Douglas J.
Proulx E. Annie
Robb J. D.
Roby Kimberla Lawson
Rosenberg Joel C.
Rosenberg Nancy Taylor
Ross Ann B.
Ruiz Zafon Carlos
Russell Mary Doria
Ryan Hank Phillippi
Siddons Anne Rivers
Smith Martin Cruz
Tracy P. J.
Vargas Llosa Mario
Ward J. R.
Wilson F. Paul
- Community Groups are defined as groups that are non-commercial and not-for-profit in nature
- Non-Profit Groups are defined as tax-exempt charitable organizations that either hold or have an application pending for 501(c)(3) status with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
- Private Groups are commercial groups, businesses, or private organizations established either for for-profit purposes or for non-profit, non-charitable purposes
- Individuals are defined as citizens, families, campaign organizations and other unaffiliated groups
- Political Parties are as defined by North Carolina General Statute § 163-96(a)
- User(s) as used herein refers to the individual or group sponsoring the meeting, event or activity
Room reservations work on a first come, first served basis. However, priority goes to library-sponsored programs, Town Council meetings, groups affiliated with the library (Board of Trustees, Friends, and Foundation) and Town boards, committees, commissions and task forces.
These priority groups are not subject to the reservation guidelines or the fee schedule listed elsewhere on this page. The Town reserves the right, under extraordinary circumstances, to pre-empt or cancel reservations, meetings, or events. If this happens, we will give as much notice as possible and will help you look for another meeting site.
- Community Groups and Non-Profit Groups holding meetings that are free and open to the public do not pay for using the rooms.
- Political Parties holding annual or biennial precinct meetings and county and district conventions do not pay for using the rooms. However, fees will apply for after-hours use, certain before-hours use, kitchen use, and on-site staff use by these groups.
- With the exception of Political Parties holding annual or biennial precinct meetings and county and district conventions, Community Groups and Non-Profit Groups wishing to hold private meetings do pay according to the Town’s fee schedule below.
- Private Groups and individuals holding any meeting do pay according to the fee schedule below.
Hourly Rates for Community Groups and Non-Profits
|A||B||C||D||Staff Time||Catering Kitchen|
|Free and Public Events||$0||$0||$0||$0||$25/hour||$30 flat fee|
Hourly Rates for Private Groups or Individuals
|A||B||C||D||Staff Time||Catering Kitchen|
- Reservations can be made via this website, phone, email, or in person at the library
- You or your organization may have up to 3 reservations at a time
- If you have to pay fees, we ask that you do so before the meeting
- Special requests may be made in advance and may require additional fees
- Questions regarding denial of use or assessment of fees shall be addressed by the Library Director in consultation with the Town Manager
- We ask that you set up tables and chairs and return the room to the condition that you found it. Failure to do so will result in a revocation of privileges. Only tables and chairs assigned to each meeting room are available for use by the reserving group
- We’re glad to show you how to use equipment in the room. Please ask for that help in advance so we can have staff there. Staff is not available to operate meeting room equipment or teach users without prior arrangements made at time of reservation. Library staff support is subject to the “on-site staff” fee.
- Programs or activities may not begin before the library opens nor end later than library closes unless prior arrangements have been made and approved. Note that meetings that do not conclude at closing time as agreed will be charged for a full hour of the after-hours fee
- Planning a big event? Keep in mind that parking is limited. If your program will bring in a large number of vehicles, we may ask that you use off-site park and ride lots and assume all costs and responsibility for transportation to the venue
- If any damage happens during your event, you or your group are responsible. That includes any and all damages to the facilities, equipment or property, including the costs of all labor, materials, and supplies to repair or replace the damage
- Activities for Profit. Advance ticket sales or admission charges to private events are permitted, however you can not charge admission at the door. The exchange of goods or services in library meeting rooms is generally prohibited, though exceptions may be made by the Library Director or designee
- Signs and Advertising. Posters or other signs advertising events in library meeting rooms must be approved by the Library Director or designee before they go up. We ask that you do not post signs on meeting room windows, tables, walls, ceilings or equipment
- Safety. Users must take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all activity participants
- Indemnity. The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Town of Chapel Hill and its officers, agents and employees from all loss, liability, claims or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) arising from bodily injury, including death or property damage to any person or persons caused in whole or in part by the negligence or willful misconduct of the user except to the extent same are caused by the negligence or misconduct of the Town
- Liability. As a condition of using our equipment or facility, users shall hold the Library and Town harmless from any claim or liability arising out of any activity or conduct of the group or individual while using the facility in question
- Compliance. Users are responsible for compliance with all ordinances, codes, policies, and laws related to the proposed use of Town buildings, grounds, or parks, and must obtain all necessary permits for the proposed event
- Reservation of Rights. We reserve the right to prohibit use of facilities, for just cause, including, but not limited to, improper use or prior misuse of facilities, failure to abide by the provisions of this policy, disruption of library business, and failure to compensate the library for use and/or damages to a facility. It’s a right that we hope never to have to exercise
- Non-Discrimination. The library is a place for everyone. When you use our facilities, please understand that they will remain available on a non-discriminatory basis and accommodate individuals regardless of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disabilities, affectional preference, or marital status
- Waiver of Terms. The Library Director reserves the right to waive or vary any provision in this policy when doing so would more effectively serve the public’s interest, except when prohibited by law
- Disclaimer. In making library facilities available for use under this policy, neither Chapel Hill Public Library nor the Town of Chapel Hill assumes obligation or responsibility for the activities of the individuals or groups nor makes any direct or indirect endorsement of the activity
- The Digital Media Lab (DML) is a shared work space that provides access to the tools of the DML. It is not a private room and is not intended as a meeting space.
- Reservations are not required to use a work station, but we strongly encourage them. Reservations may be made up to 90 days in advance.
- Work stations may be reserved online here. If you want help using our technology or learning a process, contact us at email@example.com or 919-969-2054.
- If you are looking for work space options in the library, we offer Work Rooms, Meeting Rooms and a shared Conversation and Co-working space.
- Reservations are not required to use a work room, but we strongly encourage them; whoever makes a reservation has priority
- Work rooms may be reserved online. If you need help with the process, visit a service desk or call 919-968-2777
- Work rooms may be booked up to four hours per day by the same person or group
You are our top priority at CHPL, so if you are uncomfortable with having a picture that features you online and would like it to be removed from our website or social media accounts, please let us know. It will help if you can give us a link to the web page where the photo in question is displayed.
We also appreciate it when people share their own pictures with us. Do you have a great shot of something that happened in or around the library? Please send it to us!