The mission of the Cecil W. Robbins Library of Louisburg College is to support the academic program of the institution. The library exists primarily to serve the students' and faculty's curricular needs for print, non-print, and electronic resources, from both the library collection and the other locations. In addition, it promotes lifelong education by teaching library users research skills through traditional reference service and through course-related library instruction. The library also serves faculty by assisting them in their instructional programs and professional research activities.

Below is an overview of library resources and services that support faculty members' teaching endeavors. If you are new to the campus, please contact the library for a tour of the facility and a general orientation to library services.

Did you know that many library resources are available 24/7?

You can access many of the library resources below from the Robbins Library website.

Library Online Catalog

You can search for books and DVDs via the library catalog. All circulating books and reference materials are located upstairs. DVDs are located on the lower level and a librarian will assist you in retrieving the DVD(s).

Borrowing Privileges and Circulation Services

Your faculty ID card is your Library Card. If you wish to borrow materials and are not in our system, ask for assistance and we will add you to the system.

Loan Periods

Books - 4 weeks; no check-out limit; unlimited renewals

Audiovisual Material (Videos, DVDs,) - 4 week; check-out limit: 5

Reference Materials - loan period and check-out limit determined by Library Director

The library's online circulation system automatically generates overdue notices to remind patrons of material that has not been returned by the due date. Subsequent reminder notices are sent to faculty and staff urging them to return long overdue material. Most of these notices are sent via e-mail.


Faculty and staff do not acquire overdue fines. However, if you lose or damage a book, you must pay the replacement cost and processing fee ($10.00)

Returning Your Library Materials

Please return books to the Circulation Desk.

Interlibrary Loan

If the Library does not own what you need, we can usually get it for you through our Interlibrary Loan Service, which is also available on the web site. Please check the Library Catalog to make sure the library does not own the item before making a request. Most items will arrive within two weeks. Items must be picked up at the Circulation Desk. You will be notified by e-mail or phone when the item arrives.

If the library does not have the resources you need, you can also suggest a book for purchase by using the electronic order form. Faculty are encouraged to suggest materials to build the collection.

Selection criteria include efficiently and economically selecting print and non-print materials, developing collections that are appropriate to support the curriculum, and being responsive to student and faculty needs.

Collection Development Policy Statement

Contact a librarian for assistance in finding resources for your course. We are glad to help!

Electronic Resources

Several databases are available through the Library's web page. Examples of databases available for research are Opposing Viewpoints, Films on Demand and NCLive. NCLive is a collection of databases which offers access to thousands of eBooks, magazines, newspapers, journals, media, and other online materials which are available 24/7 through the Library's web page from any Internet connection. NCLive is a fantastic resource for faculty and students. When off-campus, all databases can be accessed remotely with a password. Passwords can be found on the college portal.

Course Guides

Several course guides may be accessed through the Library's web page. Upon request, librarians work with faculty to develop custom course pages for classes with research assignments. Librarians will build these guides as a permanent jumping-off point for research within your class. If you believe your students could benefit from a research guide, just contact a librarian. We will gladly assist with the creation of a guide tailored to your needs. The faculty member would need to collaborate with the librarian in relation to the content.

Other Instruction Services

The library will also provide:

  • Orientation and tours
  • Assistance to professors designing research assignments
  • Faculty and staff development workshops

Audiovisual Department

Faculty may borrow circulating materials for one semester, subject to recall. Materials are due at the end of the semester. Please call 919-497-3269 with questions.

Audiovisual materials may be searched via the Online Catalog. Use the term "videorecording," when searching for DVDs.

Digital cameras, camcorders, a LCD projector, overhead projectors, and portable screens are available for checkout. Equipment may be reserved by calling 919-497-3269; equipment will be delivered to the specified location if equipment reservations are made three days in advance. When equipment is available, it may be picked up directly from the AV Department without being reserved; however, equipment cannot be delivered unless reserved in advance. Faculty may check out general instructional equipment for an extended period of time if there are no other requests for it. All equipment must be returned to the library at the end of each academic year.

An AV auditorium is available by appointment for individual or group use.

Library Instruction

Library instruction at the Cecil W. Robbins Library is designed to teach information literacy and library skills that prepare students to be effective information users.

Librarians provide in-depth bibliographic instruction for English classes that include research assignments. These instruction sessions include using the online catalog/electronic databases, advanced search strategies, Internet, evaluation and documentation.

Bibliographic instruction tailored to fit the specific research and curricular needs of the students, faculty and staff is available upon request. We encourage instructors to request library instruction sessions for their students, and to make use of library staff, facilities, and resources to support their classes and assignments.

In-class Library Sessions

Librarians are happy to provide in-class library sessions that address specific information needs within your course. If you have a project that requires research, we would love to help. We teach library instruction sessions in the computer lab.

Contact Ilishe Mikos at 919 497-3349 to set up an instruction session for your class.

  • Please give the library at least two weeks' notice if possible. Teaching sessions for faculty are high-priority, but they do require preparation for your specific needs.
  • A librarian will contact you to speak about your particular class needs and to finalize arrangements for the session.
  • If you come into the library to request instruction or to reserve the instructional lab, please notify a librarian and use the calendar located at the circulation desk.

Course Reserves

Course reserve services are available to assist faculty in providing additional reading material, practice exams, and extra-credit exercises. Reserves are housed behind the circulation desk and are available to students upon request. Librarians follow the instructions of the faculty member, who should indicate whether materials may be checked out of the library. When faculty designate that reserve materials may be checked out, items are checked out thirty minutes prior to closing time and are due at 9:00 AM the following day. Any reserve items that are checked out on Friday are due when the library opens at 5:00 PM on Sunday.

Reserve Materials Request Form - Reserve materials in the collection

Other items may be placed on reserve by sending materials to Candace Jones 919-497-3237, cjones@louisburg.edu. Please indicate your name, course number and title, title of article, page numbers, and length of time item is to remain on reserve.

Library Facilities and Resources

The Robbins Library and Learning Commons has more than 36,000 print volumes and provides numerous periodicals. DVDs are available for checkout. Electronic resources and databases can be accessed through links found on the Library's web pages. A collection of books about North Carolina is located on the upper level.

Study carrels, tables and comfortable seating are available on the first and second floors of the library. The Learning Commons area on the main floor offers computers and space for collaborative work. The Library Cafe, located on the main floor offers coffee, drinks, and snacks. The College Archives is located in the lower level of the library.

A computer lab, located on the main floor may be reserved for research instruction. When not reserved, students are given access to this space for individual use. Faculty may reserve this lab and request an instructional session from a librarian. You may simply want to bring your class in to have occasional access to 18 computers. Ask the Librarians for assistance in signing up for the lab. You may call the library at 919-497-3237 or 919-497-3269 to request the use of the lab.

There is a photocopy machine available for faculty use. You may use your departmental code to make copies or to scan materials.

Computers in the Library

The Robbins library has 30 desktop computers for use by our students and faculty in the library. The computers are loaded with Microsoft Office Suite: Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint. The entire library is a wireless zone.

Never hesitate to ask for assistance while in the Library. We are here to help you. If you cannot get to the library, please call the front desk at 919-497-3269 during regular library hours.

Assistive Technology

One computer is loaded with Kurzweil, text-to-speech software that assists students with reading by projecting text onto a computer screen and reading the text aloud. Students are able to manipulate the text size and speed at which it is read, to highlight specific portions of the text and save those changes, and to utilize dictionary and thesaurus capabilities while reading. Students with dyslexia and other difficulties related to language-based learning disabilities are especially encouraged to utilize this software.