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How to Borrow Books

The NCDOL library's print collection consists of approximately 12,000 volumes and are provided as a free service of the N.C. Department of Labor. These materials cover a wide variety of labor-related subjects with special emphasis on occupational safety and health topics. Most of our print titles are listed in the State Library’s online catalog.

Frequently asked questions about the NCDOL library print collection are listed below. If you have other questions regarding the library's services, please contact Nick Vincelli, NCDOL librarian, at 919-707-7880 or by emailing dol.library@labor.nc.gov.

 

Who can borrow books?

Who can borrow books?

The library lends books and some electronic material to registered library patrons in North Carolina. We do not sell any materials; however, publisher or vendor information is available upon request.

Can I borrow standards?

Can I borrow standards?

Only N.C. Department of Labor employees can check out standards such as ANSI or ASME. However, the public may visit the library to review standards in our collection.

Is there a charge?

Is there a charge?

There is no charge to check out books. However, borrowers agree to pay return shipping for materials returned by mail and will be billed for replacement of material not returned to the library.

How do I request material?

How do I request material?

To request a book or other non-audiovisual item, contact the library by calling 919-707-7880, (1-800-NC-LABOR) or e-mailing your request to dol.library@labor.nc.gov. You will need to pick up the material at the library (though the library may mail material to you in some cases).

If the material you want to check out is currently checked out, you may request that we place a hold on the unavailable title so that we can contact you when it becomes available.

How do I become a registered library patron?

How do I become a registered library patron?

To become a library patron, you must complete, sign and return a library loan agreement to the library before checking out any material. If you have not already completed an agreement, you may complete one when visiting the library. You also may fax a signed copy of the agreement to 919-807-2849, but please mail or deliver the original copy to the library. Please see the agreement for additional instructions on returning a completed copy.

How long may I keep materials?

How long may I keep materials?

You may check out up to two titles at a time, for a period of one month. A due date slip will be inserted or attached to the items. Please be sure to return materials no later than the due date.

Items are renewable for an additional month, provided that no one else has requested them. Please contact the library if you wish to renew your loan period.

How do I visit the library?

How do I visit the library?

We are located on the fifth floor of the Old Revenue Building at the corner of Hillsborough and Salisbury streets (111 Hillsborough St.) in downtown Raleigh. Regular library hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. However, for your convenience, we recommend that you contact the library first to ensure that the materials you want are available and to be sure the staff will be there to assist you. Visitors are welcome.

How do I return materials?

How do I return materials?

You may return library items to staff in the library or mail the material to the library.

Via US Postal Service:

N.C. Department of Labor Library
1101 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1101

Via tracked shipping (e.g., UPS, FedEx):

N.C. Department of Labor Library
Fifth Floor, Room C510
111 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27603-1762

When returning materials by mail, please pack them in STURDY containers, so that they are not damaged en route. Also, to ensure that materials are returned to the library, please return materials by INSURED MAIL.

What if I lose or damage library materials?

What if I lose or damage library materials?

The person who checks out the item is responsible for its return. If an item is lost, not returned, or significantly damaged, the borrower will be billed for its replacement.

May I duplicate materials?

May I duplicate materials?

Most of the materials in the Charles H. Livengood Jr. Memorial Library collection are copyright-protected, and therefore cannot be photocopied. Consult with library staff on photocopying material in accordance with the Copyright Act.