J. MURREY ATKINS LIBRARY
UNC Charlotte’s Atkins Library is a comprehensive research library with over 2 million printed books, over 930,000 e-books, over 400 databases, approximately 75,000 journals, and an annual budget of over $10 million. The library is a Federal and North Carolina Government Documents Depository and a registered patent and trademark resource center.
The Ask Atkins umbrella of services provides assistance to students, faculty, and staff at four service desks and via live chat, email, phone, and text. Atkins roamers also provide point-of-need help throughout the building. Roamers meet patrons wherever they are in the library to answer questions or provide assistance. Roamers are easily identified by their bright green Ask Atkins t-shirts and lanyards.
The Charles C. Hight Architecture Library is located on the second floor of Storrs Hall (Storrs 200). It is the only branch library at the University. The primary focus of the collection is 20th & 21st century design, architects, and the built environment. The Library collection includes: books, audio visuals, periodicals, graduate thesis documents, drawings and plans.
J. Murrey Atkins Library and the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES) in partnership with the ANSWER Scholarship program established a family-friendly study room as a designated safe space for adult students and their children to thrive educationally. The materials, toys and technology in this room present learning opportunities for children to enhance motor skills and facilitate literacy skills. Children can play and learn alongside their parents as they study.
The landscape of e-books in the academic library market is rapidly evolving. Over the past two years, through research and collaboration, our librarians coordinated the Mellon-funded Charlotte Initiative, which examined the current library market and projected the future of e-books. The working group and research teams, consisting of librarians, publishers, and library consortia explored how permanent e-book access in support of traditional academic usage might be achieved. The grant focused on how academic library purchases of e-books could meet three simple principles: unlimited simultaneous use, Digital Rights Management (DRM)-Free, and irrevocable perpetual access.
We welcome students and researchers from the university and the wider community to explore our unique collections in the reading room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library.
Atkins Library preserves and shares the history of our region through collecting oral history interviews, the personal papers of our region’s notable individuals, the records of local organizations, local government documents, and the university’s own historically important records. With an emphasis on the twentieth century, these materials document aspects of our community with particular strengths in social justice movements, city planning, city government, and university governance. Comprising a range of formats including bound volumes, loose papers, audiovisual recordings, photographs, and maps, these materials are heavily relied on by researchers and students alike to understand our community’s past through encounters with original primary source materials.
Some of our unique local history resources, and those of some partner institutions, are in digital formats and available online. A few highlights include the Bryant McMurray Motorsports Photographs, Living Charlotte: The Postwar Development of a New South City, and the oral history interviews in New South Voices and the Goldmine website.
Comprising approximately 12,900 volumes, the rare book collection contains books, broadsides, maps, and other printed material that are frequently used by students in a range of disciplines. Particular subject strengths include the history of our region; American and British literature; African American history; theology and religion; and children’s literature. The collection includes a substantial number of books from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, many of which exemplify distinctive early printing, lithography, and binding techniques.