Borrowing

Getting a Card

Library cards are available at no cost to the following:

  • People who live in Orange County
  • People who pay property taxes to Chapel Hill or Orange County
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools employees and students, regardless of where they live
  • Town of Chapel Hill employees and those who retired from the Town with 5 years of service, regardless of where they live

If you do not meet any of these criteria and want to check out materials, you can get a card for $65 per year.

Getting a Card

Library cards are available at no cost to the following:

  • People who live in Orange County
  • People who pay property taxes to Chapel Hill or Orange County
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools employees, regardless of where they live
  • Town of Chapel Hill employees and those who retired from the Town with 5 years of service, regardless of where they live

If you do not meet any of these criteria and want to check out materials, you can get a card for $65 per year.


Sign Up!
What you will need
  • Something with your address (Like a driver’s license, UNC ID, utility bill, or piece of mail) or an employee ID if you work for the Town or CHCCS.
  • A parent’s approval if under the age of 12

Borrowing Materials

While the building is closed due to the pandemic, there are two ways to get materials from the library:

Park & Pick Up

Mon: 10 – 5, Tues: 10 – 7, Wed: Closed, Thurs: 10 – 5, Fri: 10 – 5, Sat: 10 – 5, Sun: Closed

  1. Place holds through the online catalog and select the pick up at “Main Library” option.
  2. Wait for your email notification.
  3. Call 919-932-2942 on the day you want to pick up your items.
  4. Park at the Library and walk to the main entrance.*
  5. Wear a mask and wait outside for staff to assist you.

* Mobility issues? Let us know when you call and park in the designated area.

University Place Lockers

Open 24/7

  1. Place holds through the online catalog and select the pick up at “University Place Lockers” option.
  2. Wait until you receive an email that your hold is ready.
  3. Go to the lockers — located outside at 201 S Estes Dr, next to Alfredo’s Pizza.
  4. Scan your library card or type in your library card number.
  5. Grab your materials, close the door, and enjoy!

If you don’t see location options in the catalog, you may need to update your single-click hold preferences here.

Download the library app

Put the power of the library in your pocket with our app. It even has your barcode so you don’t need to carry your card with you!

  • Find books, music, movies, and more
  • Place holds
  • Manage your account

Download the App

Put the power of the library in your pocket with our app. It even has your barcode so you don’t need to carry your card with you!

  • Find books, music, movies, and more
  • Place holds
  • Manage your account