Library Crimes

Theft or destruction of library collections is a crime.

North Carolina General Statue § 14-398. Theft or destruction of property of public libraries, museums, etc.

    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 hereinabove set out, shall exceed the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00), the person committing same shall be punished as a Class H felon.

UNCG Academic Integrity Policy: Misuse of Academic Resources:

    The use, misuse or alterations of University materials or resources so as to make them inaccessible to other users. Examples of misuse of academic resources include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • the unauthorized use of computer accounts
      • alteration of passwords
      • violation of library procedures
      • other intentional misuse or destruction of educational materials
    This violation is differentiated from a conduct violation in that the primary result of actions is the inaccessibility of resources to other students.

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