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Library Crimes

Theft or destruction of library collections is a crime. Any person who shall steal or unlawfully take or detain, or willfully or maliciously or wantonly write upon, cut, tear, deface, disfigure, soil, obliterate, break or destroy, or who shall sell or buy or receive, knowing the same to have been stolen, any book, document, newspaper, periodical, map, chart, picture, portrait, engraving, statue, coin, medal, apparatus, specimen, or other work of literature or object of art or curiosity deposited in a public library, gallery, museum, collection, fair or exhibition, or in any department or office of State or local government, or in a library, gallery, museum, collection, or exhibition, belonging to any incorporated college or university, or any incorporated institution devoted to educational, scientific, literary, artistic, historical or charitable purposes, shall, if the value of the property stolen, detained, sold, bought or received knowing same to have been stolen, or if the damage done by writing upon, cutting, tearing, defacing, disfiguring, soiling, obliterating, breaking or destroying any such property, shall not exceed fifty dollars ($50.00), be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

If the value of the property stolen, detained, sold or received knowing same to have been stolen, or the amount of damage done in any of the ways or manners herein above set out, shall exceed the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00), the person committing same shall be punished as a Class H felon.

From the North Carolina General Statutes:

The intentional use, misuse or alteration of University materials or resources so as to make them inaccessible to other users. Such misuse includes the unauthorized use of computer accounts, alteration of passwords, violation of library procedures or other intentional misuse or destruction of educational materials. This offense is differentiated from a disciplinary offense in that the primary result of actions is the inaccessibility of resources to other students.

UNCG Academic Integrity Policy

Help us preserve your library collections. Please report crime or suspicious behavior immediately:

  • Access Services Desk: 334.5304 or 334.5245
  • Library Security Guard: 334.5735
  • University Police: 334.5963 non-emergencies), 334.4444 (emergencies)

Security Guidlines for libraries.