- 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.
|Item||Check out period||Times you can renew|
|New books||2 weeks||5|
|Non-Fiction videos and TV series||3 weeks||5|
|Feature Films on DVD||1 week||5|
|Friends' books (marked with a blue tab)||2 weeks||0|
|Kids book kits||3 weeks||5|
|Adult book kits||6 weeks||5|
|Digital Media Lab Equipment||3 days||5||Chromebooks||1 week||0|
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
- Place holds through the online catalog and select the pick up at "Main Library" option.
- Wait for your email notification.
- Call 919-932-2942 on the day you want to pick up your items.
- Park at the Library and walk to the main entrance.*
- 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
- Place holds through the online catalog and select the pick up at "University Place Lockers" option.
- Wait until you receive an email that your hold is ready.
- Go to the lockers — located outside at 201 S Estes Dr, next to Alfredo's Pizza.
- Scan your library card or type in your library card number.
- 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.
Borrowers may have 50 items checked out at a time, with the following limits:
|NC Digital Library items||6|
Borrowers may place holds on items through the catalog or by phone, with the following limits:
|NC Digital Library items||6|
- You will receive a bill for the replacement cost of the item and your ability to check out other materials will be suspended.
- If you return the item, your ability to borrow materials will be restored.
- If you cannot find the item, you can pay the bill and have your ability to borrow materials restored.
- 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.
(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.)
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
- Authentic reflection of diverse ideas, information, stories, and experiences
- Relationship to existing collection
- Price, format, condition, and ease of use
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.
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Ahern Cecelia Albert Susan Wittig
Albom Mitch Ali Monica
Allen Sarah Addison Allende Isabel
Alvarez Julia Amis Martin
Andrews Donna Andrews Ilona
Andrews Mary Kay Archer Jeffrey
Armstrong Kelley Atkins Ace
Atkinson Kate Attenberg Jami
Atwood Margaret Auster Paul
Backman Fredrik Bagshawe Tilly
Baker Nicholson Baldacci David
Balogh Mary Banks Russell
Banville John Barclay Linwood
Bardugo Leigh Barker Clive
Barnes Julian Barr Nevada
Barry Dave Bass Jefferson
Beaton M. C. Beattie Ann
Bell Ted Benedict Marie
Benjamin Melanie Berenson Alex
Berenson Laurien Berg Elizabeth
Berry Steve Berry Wendell
Black Benjamin Black Cara
Black Lisa Blackstock Terri
Block Lawrence Bohjalian Chris
Bolton Sharon (formerly S. J. Bolton) Bond Larry
Born James O. Bowen Michele Andrea
Bowen Rhys Box C. J.
Boyle T. Coraghessan Bradford Barbara Taylor
Brandman Michael Brashares Ann
Briggs Patricia Brockmann Suzanne
Brooks Geraldine Brooks Terry
Brown Dale Brown Dan
Brown Rita Mae Brown Sandra
Bruen Ken Buchanan Edna
Bujold Lois McMaster Burke Alafair
Burke James Lee Bushnell Candace
Butcher Jim Byatt A. S.
Cabot Meg Cain Chelsea
Cameron W. Bruce Card Orson Scott
Carr Caleb Carr Robyn
Carriger Gail Carter Stephen L.
Cash Wiley Castillo Linda
Chabon Michael Chamberlain Diane
Chambers Becky Cherryh C. J.
Chevalier Tracy Chiaverini Jennifer
Child Lee Child Lincoln
Childs Laura Cisneros Sandra
Clancy Tom Clark Carol Higgins
Clark Mary Higgins Clark Mary Jane
Clarke Richard A Cleage Pearl
Cleeves Ann Coates Ta-Nehisi
Coben Harlan Coelho Paulo
Coes Ben Coetzee J. M.
Coleman Reed Farrel Colgan Jenny
Collins Max Allan Connelly Michael
Cook Robin Coonts Stephen
Cornwell Bernard Cornwell Patricia
Coulter Catherine Crais Robert
Crider Bill Crombie Deborah
Crusie Jennifer Cunningham Michael
Cussler Clive Daheim Mary
Dailey Janet Dallas Sandra
Danticat Edwidge Davidson MaryJanice
Davis Lindsey de Bernieres Louis
de Castrique Mark de los Santos Marisa
De Rosnay Tatiana Deaver Jeffery
Dekker Ted del Toro Guillermo
Delinsky Barbara DeMille Nelson
Deveraux Jude Diamant Anita
Diaz Junot Dickey Eric Jerome
Divakaruni Chitra Banerjee Dodd Christina
Doerr Anthony Doherty Paul
Doiron Paul Donati Sara
Donoghue Emma Dorsey Tim
Douglas Carole Nelson Drabble Margaret
Drake David Dugoni Robert
Dunant Sarah Eggers Dave
Enright Anne Erdrich Louise
Esquivel Laura Eugenides Jeffrey
Evanovich Janet Evanovich Stephanie
Evans Mary Anna Evans Richard Paul
Evison Jonathan Fairstein Linda A.
Feehan Christine Fesperman Dan
Fforde Jasper Fforde Katie
Fielding Joy Finch Charles
Finder Joseph Flagg Fannie
Flint Eric Fluke Joanne
Flynn Gillian Foer Jonathan Safran
Follett Ken Ford Richard
Forsyth Frederick Fossum Karin
Fowler Earlene Fowler Karen Joy
Francis Dick Frank Dorothea Benton
Franzen Jonathan Frazier Charles
French Nicci French Tana
Gabaldon Diana Gaiman Neil
Galbraith Robert Gardiner Meg
Gardner Lisa Garlock Dorothy
Garwood Julie Genova Lisa
George Elizabeth A. Gerritsen Tess
Giffin Emily Godwin Gail
Goldberg Lee Goodkind Terry
Gordimer Nadine Goudge Eileen
Graham Heather Grahame-Smith Seth
Greaney Mark Green Jane
Gregory Philippa Griffin W. E. B.
Griffiths Elly Grimes Martha
Grippando James Grisham John
Groff Lauren Gross Andrew
Grossman Lev Gruen Sara
Gudenkauf Heather Guillory Jasmine
Gutcheon Beth Haddam Jane
Haddon Mark Hagberg David
Haldeman Joe Hall James W.
Hall Parnell Hambly Barbara
Hamilton Laurell K. Hannah Kristin
Hannah Sophie Harbison Beth
Harkness Deborah Harper Jane
Harris Charlaine Harris Joanne
Harris Robert Harrison Kim
Hart Carolyn G. Hart John
Hawkins Paula Heller Jane
Helprin Mark Hendricks Greer
Hendrix Grady Hiaasen Carl
Higgins Jack Hilderbrand Elin
Hill Joe Hillerman Anne
Hoag Tami Hoffman Alice
Hood Ann Hooper Kay
Hornby Nick Horowitz Anthony
Hosseini Khaled Howard Linda
Hunter Stephen Iggulden Conn
Iles Greg Indridason Arnaldur
Irving John Isaacs Susan
Ishiguro Kazuo Jackson Joshilyn
Jackson Lisa Jakes T. D.
Jance J. A. Jemisin N. K.
Jewell Lisa Jiles Paulette
Jin Ha Johansen Iris
Jonasson Ragnar Jones Darynda
Jones Tayari Kadrey Richard
Karon Jan Kava Alex
Kay Guy Gavriel Keillor Garrison
Kellerman Faye Kellerman Jesse
Kellerman Jonathan Kelly Martha Hall
Kenyon Sherrilyn Kerr Philip
Keyes Marian Khoury Raymond
Kidd Sue Monk King Cassandra
King Laurie R. King Stephen
Kingsbury Karen Kingsolver Barbara
Kinsella Sophie Klavan Andrew
Kleypas Lisa Kline Christina Baker
Konrath J. A. Koontz Dean R.
Korelitz Jean Hanff Koryta Michael
Krauss Nicole Krentz Jayne Ann
Krueger William Kent Kubica Mary
Kwan Kevin La Plante Lynda
Lackberg Camilla Lackey Mercedes
Lagercrantz David Lahiri Jhumpa
Lamb Wally Landvik Lorna
Lansdale Joe R. Lansens Lori
Lapena Shari Lehane Dennis
Leon Donna Leonard Elmore
Lescroart John Lethem Jonathan
Lewis Beverly Lindsay Jeff
Lindsey Johanna Lindskold Jane M.
Lipman Elinor Lippman Laura
Liu Cixin Liu Ken
Lively Penelope Livesey Margot
Locke Attica Lovesey Peter
Lowell Elizabeth Ludlum Robert
Lupica Mike Lustbader Eric
Lutz Lisa Maas Sarah J.
MacDonald Ann-Marie Mackintosh Clare
Macmillan Gilly Macomber Debbie
Maguire Gregory Malerman Josh
Mallery Susan Mandel Emily St. John
Mantel Hilary Marcinko Richard
Margolin Phillip Marklund Liza
Martel Yann Martin George R. R.
Martini Steve Mason Bobbie Ann
Massey Sujata Masterton Graham
Maupin Armistead May Peter
Mayor Archer Mbue Imbolo
Mcbride James McCall Smith Alexander
McCarthy Cormac McCrumb Sharyn
McDermid Val McDermott Alice
McEwan Ian McGuire Seanan
McInerney Jay McKevett G. A.
McLain Paula McLaughlin Emma and Nicola Kraus
McMillan Terry McMurtry Larry
McNaught Judith Meacham Leila
Meltzer Brad Messud Claire
Michaels Fern Mieville China
Miller Karen E. Quinones Miller Linda Lael
Min Anchee Mina Denise
Mitchard Jacquelyn Modesitt L. E.
Moning Karen Marie Monroe Mary
Monroe Mary Alice Moody Rick
Moore Christopher Moore Lorrie
Morgan Robert Moriarty Liane
Morrell David Morris Mary McGarry
Morrison Mary B. Morrison Toni
Morton Kate Moshfegh Ottessa
Mosley Walter Mosse Kate
Moyes Jojo Muller Marcia
Munro Alice Murakami Haruki
Murphy Shirley Rousseau Murray Victoria Christopher
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Nesbo Jo Ng Celeste
Nguyen Viet Thanh Nicholls David
Niffenegger Audrey Novak Brenda
Novik Naomi O'Malley Daniel
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Oyeyemi Helen Packer Ann
Palahniuk Chuck Palmer Michael
Pamuk Orhan Paretsky Sara
Paris B. A. Parker Robert B.
Parker T. Jefferson Patchett Ann
Patterson James Patterson Richard North
Pearl Matthew Pearson Ridley
Penny Louise Perry Anne
Perry Thomas Phillips Susan Elizabeth
Picoult Jodi Poyer David
Preston Douglas J. Pronzini Bill
Proulx E. Annie Pynchon Thomas
Quick Amanda Quindlen Anna
Quinn Julia Quinn Spencer
Quirk Matthew Rankin Ian
Rash Ron Ray Jeanne
Reichs Kathy Reid Taylor Jenkins
Reilly Matthew Rice Anne
Rice Christopher Rice Luanne
Richards Emilie Riordan Rick
Roanhorse Rebecca Robards Karen
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Ross Ann B. Rothfuss Patrick
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See Lisa Semple Maria
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Singh Nalini Sister Souljah
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Ward J. R. Ware Ruth
Waters Sarah Weber Carl
Weber David Weiner Jennifer
Weir Alison Weir Andy
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- 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
- Community Groups and Non-Profit Groups holding meetings that are free, open, and advertised to the public do not pay for using the rooms. Community and Non-Profit groups do pay for meetings that are closed to the public (for example, staff trainings)
- 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.
- Private Groups and individuals holding any meeting do pay according to the fee schedule below.
Hourly Rates for Private Groups, Individuals, or meetings closed to the public
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- 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
- Reservations are allowed up to 90 days in advance
- 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