Borrowing UNCG Library Materials -- Alumni & UNCG Retirees, and Non-UNCG Patrons

Who Can Borrow
What You Will Need
Loan Periods

Who Can Borrow

  • UNCG Alumni

    May use the University Libraries by joining the Friends of the Library. See the Friends information listed below.
  • UNCG Retired Faculty and Staff Members

    Former faculty and staff members who retired from state service while working at UNCG may continue to borrow from the UNCG Libraries and receive the same loan periods and renewals as current employees.
  • Friends of the UNCG Library

    Community members may join the Friends of the UNCG Libraries at the Jackson Library Checkout desk or online for a minimum donation of $25 per year. After joining members may apply for borrowing privileges at the Checkout Desk and receive a Friends borrowing card. Members are required to present a valid, state or federally issued photo ID when applying for borrowing privileges. When borrowing or renewing materials, Friends will need their Friends membership card along with their photo ID. Friends may have up to 10 items checked out at any given time, and may access the University Libraries’ databases when in either Jackson Library or the Harold Schiffman Music Library. For further information, call the Jackson Library Checkout Desk at (336) 334-5304.
  • Borrowers from Other UNC campuses

    Students, faculty and staff from other University of North Carolina system campuses with library accounts in good standing may borrow from the University Libraries by participating in the UNC System Reciprocal Borrowing Program.
  • Borrowers from Libraries in the Triad Academic Library Association

    Students, faculty and staff of libraries participating in TALA (Triad Academic Library Association), including the Elon University Law School library, see the TALA Privileges website for more information.
  • Borrowers from Other Colleges and Universities

  • Students and Employees of Guilford County Schools

    Students inquire in the school Media Center about referral letters and the International Baccalaureate borrowing program; faculty, staff and administrators may borrow upon presentation of proof of employment.
  • Employees of Other School Systems

    Teachers and Administrators employed by the following school systems may borrow upon presentation of proof of employment: Alamance/Burlington Schools, Asheboro City Schools, Chatham County Schools, Davidson County Schools, Davie County Schools, Lexington City Schools, Mount Airy City Schools, Randolph County Schools, Rockingham County Schools, Stokes County Schools, Surry County Schools, Thomasville City Schools, Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Yadkin County Schools.
  • Students and Employees of Private Secondary Schools

    The University Libraries have borrowing agreements for employees and/or students at the following private secondary schools: American Hebrew Academy, Greensboro Montessori School, Music Academy of NC, New Garden Friends School, Oak Ridge Military Academy. Please check with the library or media center at your school to find out how to borrow from the Libraries.
  • Public Library Referrals

    Patrons of the Greensboro Public Library in need of materials unavailable through that library may apply at the GPL main branch for a written letter of referral to borrow from the University Libraries. The referral is limited to two items and must include exact titles.
  • Visiting Scholars

    Visiting scholars engaged in study or research but not affiliated with an institution with which UNCG has a reciprocal borrowing agreement may apply to the Head of Access Services for possible borrowing privileges.
  • UNCG Faculty and Staff Family Members

    Spouses, domestic partners and dependent children of UNCG faculty and staff are eligible to borrow. Reasonable proof of relationship must be provided.

What You Will Need

  • All borrowers must present valid photo ID at registration and each time items are borrowed or renewed. Accepted forms of ID include valid Driver's Licenses, State ID cards, Military IDs, and photo IDs from schools at which the borrower is enrolled or employed.
  • Friends of the UNCG Libraries should present their FOL membership card and valid photo ID.
  • IDs presented with unrecognizable photos will require additional photo ID.
  • IDs and FOL membership cards are not transferrable.
  • Secondary school students who do not have photo ID must have a parent or guardian present who can present photo ID.

Loan Periods

Friends of the Libraries Other Non-UNCG Patrons
General Stacks Books, Current Literature, Audiobooks, Paperbacks, Audio-Visual Materials 30 days 30 days
Items on Reserve Building Use Only Building Use Only
Bound Journals, Current Periodicals, Newspapers Building Use Only Building Use Only
Reading Room / Entertainment DVDs 7 Days Not eligible
Instructional Films and Equipment, Tech Loans Not eligible Not eligible


  • All borrowers may renew general stacks and other specific collections materials online using My Library Account or in person at the Check Out Desk. (View Create a Password tutorial.)
  • Renewing extends due dates from the date renewed, not the date due.
  • Online renewals are not possible when:
    • The borrowers account has expired. No renewal due date will extend past the account expiration date.
    • When the borrower owes library fines or fees.
    • When specific items have been requested by other borrowers.
    • Items have been billed for replacement.  (Billed items will be listed under the Charges tab of online accounts and must be returned to the lending library to renew.)
  • Renewing online and at a service desk both count towards the number of times an item can be renewed consecutively.
Friends of the Libraries Other Non-UNCG Patrons
General Stacks Books 4 online, Unlimited at the Check Out Desk 4 online, Unlimited at the Check Out Desk
Items on Reserve Building Use Only Building Use Only
Bound Journals, Current Periodicals, Newspapers Building Use Only Building Use Only
Reading Room / Entertainment DVDs No renewals Not eligible to borrow


Please contact the Libraries if you have any questions or concerns. We will be glad to assist you.