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The Law Library provides a number of services for Research Assistants including an RA Library Card with special loan privileges, Interlibrary Loan and Book/Article Delivery, and free printing and copying through the Faculty Services Center.

Mandatory Training for New Research Assistants

All new summer Research Assistants must complete a MANDATORY session of RA training that covers library basics (RA Library Cards, ILL services, Lexis/Westlaw/Bloomberg access, etc.) and useful legal resources (HeinOnline, Bloomberg/BNA, ProQuest Congressional, FDsys and interdisciplinary materials).

Research Assistants who start during the Fall or Spring semesters can contact the library for a one-on-one training session. All Research Assistants are encouraged to schedule a Research Appointment to discuss strategy for specific research projects as assigned by the faculty.

If you have any questions about RA training, please contact Head of Reference Services Nicole Downing at ndowning@email.unc.edu or 919-843-9734.

Research Assistant Library Cards

Research Assistant Library Cards are separate borrower's cards issued to authorized Research Assistants in the faculty member's name.

  • Materials will receive the same loan as a regular faculty loan.
  • Faculty are subject to fines (according to the policy of the lending library) and will be responsible for all charges accrued.
  • Both the Faculty member and the Research Assistant will receive overdue notices, pickup notices, and bills for items checked out on this card, with the RA's name attached.

To obtain an RA Library Card complete the following form (PDF), have the faculty member sign it, and return it to Stacey Byrd (stb1211@email.unc.edu).

Interlibrary Loan and Book/Article Delivery

Research Assistants may use their RA Library Cards to request materials for faculty members through Interlibrary Loan and Book/Article Delivery. Books may be requested using an assigned RA username and password.

Renewals

Research Assistants may renew materials checked out on their RA Library Card online using their RA username and designated password.

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