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About the Collections

The Libraries’ collections reflect the strengths of the university across formats and disciplines, and provide demand-driven, network-based collections to the campus community. With extensive research holdings in the areas of engineering, science, technology, and agriculture, the NCSU Libraries is recognized as a national leader. The Libraries’ collections support research and teaching across the breadth of university activities.

Suggest a Purchase

We encourage the NCSU community to suggest additions to the Libraries' collection. We evaluate requests based on the NCSU Libraries' collection policy and availability of funds. Materials that support the research and teaching programs of the university are given first priority.


  • Free interlibrary loan is available through Tripsaver
  • Articles are delivered online, usually within in two business days.
  • Books within the Triangle Research Libraries Network can be physically delivered within two business days.
  • NCSU faculty and sudents can also visit and borrow materials directly from those institutions. 

Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN)

Center for Research Libraries (CLR)

Through the NCSU Libraries' membership in CRL, NCSU students and scholars also have access to the Center's significant research collections. Search CRL's online catalog or browse the CRL Topic Guides to see what is available.

Special Collections Research Center (SCRC)

The Special Collections Research Center identifies and collects rare and unique materials to support and promote research, scholarship and teaching in key subject areas supporting corresponding strengths in the Libraries' collections. The Center includes the University Archives, which collects, preserves and makes accessible resources that document the growth and development of the university.

NCSU Digital Repository

  • Citations to scholarly publications produced by NC State faculty and researchers since 1997 (limited pre-1997 coverage).
  • NCSU Electronic Theses and Dissertations completed since 2002.
  • Technical Reports Series with research reports by colleges, departments, institutes, and research centers at NC State University.

The Library System

2014 Collections and Journals Review

In consultation with the University Library Committee and the Departmental Library Representatives, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for FY 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000 – about 7.5% of the 2013/2014 allocation. Projected budget reductions from the university, combined with expected inflation for journals and databases of $550,000 (at a 7% annual inflation rate), necessitate preparations for steep reductions to the collection.  Learn more about the journals and databases to be cancelled.

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