Dean's Welcome Letter

Dean's Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The J. Murrey Atkins Library is our main 11-Floor facility located in the heart of the campus. Our Special Collections and University Archives, which is located on the 10th Floor, collects, preserves, and provides access to unique materials on the history and culture of UNC Charlotte and the Charlotte region. The Charles C. Hight Architecture Library is located on the 2nd Floor of the Storrs building, which houses the College of Arts + Architecture.

I invite you to spend time in the Library collaborating, studying, researching with our physical and online research materials, using computers, software, and equipment, getting assistance, enjoying refreshments, learning from exhibits and events, attending an instructional session, or just relaxing with a popular or new book from our Popular Reading Area. We have approximately 1.5 million visits per year. The building has 285,000 square feet with 1,928 seats and 324 computers available for student use. Students can make an online reservation for one of our 57 study rooms.

The library offers over 3.8 million volumes, including 1.2 million e-books, over 650 databases, and approximately 222,000 journals, the vast majority available electronically. Our annual collections budget is approximately $5 million.The library is a Federal and North Carolina Government Documents Depository and a registered patent and trademark resource center.

We offer a comprehensive suite of library services (see Services drop down menu), including research support services, research guides, instruction, video tutorials, circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, and book retrieval and delivery. We also provide support for digital scholarship, eTextbooks, open access publishing, publisher agreements, and copyright inquiries.

Our newest services is Area 49 which features a MakerSpace, EZ Video Studio, Gaming Lab, Multimedia Lab, Visualization Lab, Teaching + Technology Theater, and Technology Support Desk, which helps with your use of these exciting labs and ends hi-tech equipment for your use in classwork.

In addition to the library services, the building features Peets Café and a variety of self-service vending options such as the popular Rubi hot beverage dispenser, frozen food vending (with a microwave, and an office supply vending machine. And you will find that many academic support areas offer services in the Atkins building during active semesters: Writing Resources Center, University Speaking Center, Tutoring, and IT Help Desk. University Career Services is in the building, but enter their offices outside to the right of the main entrance on the South side of Atkins.

The library is open 24 hours from Sunday at 11 a.m. until Friday at 10 pm. It is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. During finals weeks, we are open 24/7. We offer therapy dogs and snacks during exams.

We are eager to answer your questions. Our Ask Atkins services provide the help you need no matter where you are. Click on the green Chat button on our website to get help from us online instantly or select the email, text (704-464-0555), or phone (704-687-0494) options. You can request a consultation with your subject librarian as well. Students dressed in lime green t-shirts and carrying lime green iPads that say Ask Atkins walk through the building during popular hours. These “roamers” want to answer your questions, direct you, bring you a book or laptop, or help you with printing or other equipment.

We look forward to seeing you soon. We are here to help you succeed.

Anne Cooper Moore, Dean