For Students

The mission of the Cecil W. Robbins Library and Learning Commons is to provide resources to support the academic programs of Louisburg College. The library provides information, materials, and services to help you complete your course assignments. The Library is also a great place to study, get the help you need and to relax.

This page gives Louisburg College students an overview of what the Library offers. We are always ready to help you find materials and to explain ways of exploring the library's resources. If you are new to the Robbins Library, please come in to visit us and ask us for help at any time.

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

You can access many Library resources both on and off-campus from the Library website.

Library Online Catalog

You can search for all of the books and videos that the Robbins library owns in the library catalog on the library webpage. You can search for books by typing in either the author, title or subject.

Checking Out a Book

Louisburg College students may check books out of the library. Student ID cards are also used as library cards.

  • Five books can be checked out at a time
  • Books are checked out for two weeks
  • DVDs are checked out for 3 days

Overdue fines are 10 cents per day per book and $3.00 per day for DVDs. Fines add up quickly, so return or renew your books on time! Ask at the circulation desk to renew your books and get a receipt showing the new due date. You may phone the library to renew books, but you are responsible for ensuring that the books were renewed.

All books are due before final exams. Students are billed for the replacement cost of lost books, plus a $10 processing fee per book. During the last week of each semester, student accounts are forwarded to the Business Office for collection.

Overdue Notices

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 remind students to return overdue material. Most of these notices are sent via email.

Circulating Books

The books located on the second floor (except the Reference Collection) of the library may be checked out. The books are arranged according to the Library of Congress classification system. Guides to the LC classification system are posted in the library.

Reference Books

The books in the Reference section of the library give factual information on most any subject. Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies, statistical handbooks, and other specialized reference tools.

Reference books remain in the library at all times. These books are all located on the second floor of the library.

Reserve Materials

Reserve materials are books, homework reviews, practice tests, or periodical articles that instructors have assigned for use by an entire class. Most of these materials may be used only in the library. All reserves are kept at the circulation desk. Students must check out reserve materials and must return reserve materials to the circulation desk.

North Carolina Collection

Books about North Carolina and its people are located on the second floor. These books have "Car." above the call number. Some of the books are reference books and may not be checked out.

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 Library web site located on the left hand side of the page. Simply click on the link titled Interlibrary Loan, and fill in the information requested. You can also request a book at the Circulation Desk in the Library by completing a form there. Please ask a librarian for assistance.

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.

Library Instruction

One-on-One Assistance. Staff at the Circulation Desk and the Reference Desk are always ready to provide brief one-on-one instruction in the use of databases and can suggest which ones to search for information on your topic.

For more in-depth instruction, please schedule an individual appointment by stopping at the Circulation Desk, calling us at 919 497-3269, or by filling out an appointment request on the Library web page.

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 students to use in all of their classes. When off-campus, all databases can be accessed remotely with a password. Passwords can be found on the college portal.

You can get assistance with any of the electronic resources at the Reference Desk, which is located on the left as you come into the library. We are glad to assist you in the use of print and electronic resources, provide help in finding information on a topic, and can answer questions about any other library services and facilities.

Library Facilities and Resources

The Robbins Library and Learning Commons has more than 45,000 volumes and subscribes to numerous periodicals. DVDs are available for checkout. Electronic resources and databases can be accessed through 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 Robbins Learning Commons area on the main floor offers computers and space for group 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 is also located on the main floor. You may use the computers in the Library computer lab if there are no classes scheduled.

Printing & Faxing

There is a printer and a photocopier machine located in front of the Library computer lab. All library computers print to that main printer. There is no charge for printing black & white pages of college-related material. Color copies are also available for a charge of .25 per page.

Faxing is available in the library at no charge. Ask any of the library staff for assistance.

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.

The Library is a great place to type your paper, as well as a great place to study and relax. You may use the computers for your academic work. You may also use them to check your email and browse the Web. You may bring your laptop in and access the Internet wirelessly using the campus-wide wireless password lcgreatfutures.

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.

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 497-3269 during regular library hours.