How to Borrow Books
The library's print collection consists of approximately 12,000 volumes. These materials cover a wide variety of labor-related subjects with special emphasis on occupational safety and health topics. Most of our print titles are listed in the State Library’s online catalog.
Who can borrow books?
The N.C. Department of Labor Library lends books and some electronic material to registered patrons in North Carolina. We do not sell any materials; however, publisher or vendor information is available upon request.
Can I borrow standards?
Only N.C. Department of Labor staff can check out standards such as ANSI or ASME. However, the public may visit the library to review standards in our collection.
Is there a charge?
There is no charge to check out books. However, borrowers must reimburse the library for lost items.
How do I request material?
To request a book or other non-audiovisual item, contact the library by calling (919) 807-2850 or 1-800-NC-LABOR. You also may e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will need to pick up the material at the library.
If the material you want to check out is currently checked out, you may request that we place a hold on the unavailable title so that we can contact you when it becomes available.
Public library patrons must complete, sign and return a library loan agreement to the library before checking out any material. If you have not already completed an agreement, you may complete one when visiting the library. You also may fax a signed copy of the agreement to 919-807-2849, but please mail or deliver the original copy to the library.
Library Loan Agreement (Word version)
Library Loan Agreement (PDF version)
Please see the agreement for additional instructions on returning a completed copy.
How long may I keep materials?
You may check out up to two titles at a time, for a period of one month. A due date slip will be inserted or attached to the items. Please be sure to return materials no later than the due date.
Items are renewable for an additional month, provided that no one else has requested them. Please contact the library if you wish to renew your loan period.
How do I visit the library?
We are located on the fifth floor of the Old Revenue Building at the corner of Hillsborough and Salisbury streets (111 Hillsborough St.) in downtown Raleigh. Regular library hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, for your convenience, we recommend that you contact the library first to ensure that the materials you want are available and to be sure the staff will be there to assist you. Visitors are welcome.
How do I return materials?
You may return them to staff in the library or place them in the book drop outside the library’s entrance.
What if I lose or damage library materials?
The person who checks out the item is responsible for its return. If an item is lost, not returned, or significantly damaged, the borrower will be billed for its replacement.
May I duplicate materials?
Most of the materials in the Labor Department's collection are copyright-protected, and therefore cannot be photocopied. Consult with library staff on photocopying material in accordance with the Copyright Act.
N.C. Department of Labor Library Home Page Address
Online Catalog (please note that the library’s holdings are in the State Library’s online catalog).