Please give us your feedback: LRC Survey 2015!

The LRC staff invites you to fill out our short anonymous survey for the 2014-2015 academic year. We would really love to see your feedback about all aspects of the LRC! You can fill out the survey by following this link. After completing the survey, you’ll have the option to enter a drawing for a $25 Target gift card!!! (I know how easy it is to spend $25 at Target, so you might as well have the LRC contribute to your next Target visit). Your name for the gift card drawing will remain separate from your survey responses. We look forward to hearing from you!

It’s almost here…Spring Break!

I don’t know about you, but at 4:00 PM today I’ll be skipping out to my car with a big smile on my face because Spring Break will be in full swing! I plan to spend some quality time on my couch. Maybe I’ll even read for enjoyment! We librarians do try to do that from time to time. :) If you’d like to dive into some spring break reading, you have until 5:00 PM today to swing by the LRC and check out one of our wonderful fiction books! We’ve added many new ones lately, too. Travelling for spring break? We’ve got some audiobooks to keep you going through those long drives!

The staff at the LRC hope that you have a wonderful break. We will be closed from Saturday, March 28 through Sunday, April 5. We will reopen at 7:00 AM with our regular semester hours on Monday, April 6.



That’s right, friends, it’s March. Make those brackets, scream when that big upset ruins your bracket, and then get ready for the next game. It’s basically Christmas for basketball, except it lasts a month rather than just one day.

And of course North Carolina is home to a rich basketball tradition, including the greatest rivalry ever, and what better time than March to read more about it? NC LIVE has some great ebooks to help you get started. Just search for the title using the ebooks tab on the library homepage.

I, of course, will strongly recommend Carolina Basketball: A Century of Excellence which talks about the history of the Tar Heels, the greatest team of all time (you know, when they aren’t embroiled in an academic scandal that extends 20 years). And if you want to relive the glory days, there’s also One Fantastic Ride: The Inside Story of Carolina Basketball’s 2009 Championship Season.

If you’re a fan of NC State, there’s a similar book also available: NC State Basketball: 100 Years of Innovation which details the history of the less exciting NC State team.

Duke hasn’t hit that 100 year mark yet, but there is sure to be another book published in the same vein published as its centennial draws closer. In the meantime, why not ILL a book about those Blue Devils? You have great options such as An Illustrated History of Duke Basketball: A Legacy of Achievement or Tales from the Blue Devils Locker Room: A Collection of the Greatest Duke Basketball Stories Ever Told.

And of course there are a number of books about that great rivalry between UNC and Duke, which will probably lead to Maria and I having an office divorce. In our own collection, we have Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops and also Four Corners: How UNC, NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest Made North Carolina the Center of the Basketball Universe. I will also have to recommend the fantastically titled To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever: A Thoroughly Obsessive, Intermittently Uplifting, and Occasionally Unbiased Account of the Duke-North Carolina Basketball Rivalry available through interlibrary loan.

If the ACC isn’t quite your speed, there are plenty of other books on basketball available at your fingertips. Just search our book and ebook collections for “basketball.” Maybe we can interest you in learning about The Physics of Basketball?

May your favorite team win, unless your favorite team is playing against UNC, in which case I hope they lose.


Check out our new laptops!

I’m sure you’ve experienced it. You come to the library mid-morning. You’re ready to tackle your next assignment and do some research. But then you see it. All of the library computers are in use. Your carefully crafted plans collapse and you are forced to watch like a hawk for the next available computer. Well, we’ve taken one step toward fixing that problem. The library has purchased a set of twelve Google Chromebook laptops for use in the library.

What’s a Chromebook, you ask? A Chromebook is a laptop designed by Google designed primarily for internet use. It does not have applications like Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. It’s ideal for anyone looking to do research, online coursework, or online readings. It is not designed for writing papers or using other computer applications.

Like our textbooks, these laptops are on reserve. This means they can be used for up to 2 hours at a time in the library only. But you are free to take them wherever you need in the library, whether it’s upstairs in the quiet zone for quiet work or use in a group study room with fellow students.

So next time you come to the library and all of the computers are full, don’t fret. Just come ask for a Chromebook and the library staff will be happy to check one out to you. And be sure to ask if you have any questions about how to use them or what you can do.

Two Words: NEW. BOOKS.

It’s that time of year again: The LRC has processed a plethora (that’s such a great word) of new books! These new books include fiction, nonfiction, and reference titles. You will start seeing new DVDs and CDs soon as well! Have we mentioned that DVDs and CDs are on the first floor and can be checked out for a week? We strongly recommend coming in and taking a look. If you’d like to see all of our new books, this page displays them by subject area.

As always, we welcome your book suggestions!



LRC Holiday Hours

As the last day of finals begins, the staff at the LRC wanted to make sure you were in the know about our hours for the holidays. These hours are posted in the LRC and can also be found on our calendar, located on the LRC website’s home page.

December 17: 7:00am-9:30pm

December 18: 8:00am-5:00pm

December 19: 8:00am-12:00pm

December 20-January 4, 2015: CLOSED

January 5: 8:00am-5:00pm

January 6: 8:00am-5:00pm

January 7: 7:00am-9:30pm (normal semester hours resume)

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday! See you in 2015!


Stress Relief in the LRC! (We’ll Have Food)

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Unless you have exams. Then it’s often the worst time. But your friends at the library are here to make exam time marginally less painful!

On December 12, 13, 15, and 16, the library will be having its exam stress relief days. Stop by the library to unwind for a bit and grab a snack. We will have coffee, tea, and snacks for you to enjoy. On the 12, 15, and 16, you can also set up an appointment for a massage to be given by the excellent students from our massage therapy department. This is a great way to relax for a bit and relieve some tension. There will be a sign-up sheet for massages in the library this week. Space is limited, so make sure to grab a a spot before they’re all gone!

Massages will not be taking place on that Saturday, the 13. But I’ll be at the library working, so you’ll be able to come talk to me. Which is almost as good, right?

Best of luck to you in your exams!


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