Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

University Libraries


The University Libraries consists of the James A. Michener Library and the Howard M. Skinner Music Library, which house tangible collections, provide technology access to a wide range of online resources, and offer study rooms, desktop and laptop computers, and other technology, such as graphing calculators and digital cameras, for student use.

The James A. Michener Library, named for one of America’s most popular authors (a UNC alumnus and former faculty member), maintains a primary collection of approximately 1.3 million units of hardbound volumes, periodicals, monographs, government documents, archival materials, maps, software programs, videos, and microforms. Opportunities to borrow materials are available to all Colorado citizens. Services provided include information literacy instruction in state-of-the-art classrooms, interlibrary loan, circulation, electronic reserves, and research assistance.

The Howard M. Skinner Music Library, named for Howard M. Skinner, former Dean of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, includes an information literacy instruction classroom, a group study room, and additional study space. The tangible collection includes comprehensive holdings of scores, recordings, periodicals, and monographs.

Access to the University Libraries tangible materials and online resources is provided from the Libraries home page. The Libraries offers access to about 80,000 electronic journals, over 500,000 ebooks, and over 210 databases.

Prospector, a shared online catalog that provides access to the collections of more than 40 participating libraries in Colorado and Wyoming, is also available from the Libraries home page. Materials from the collections of the participating libraries can be requested directly through Prospector. The Libraries interlibrary loan service obtains library material for UNC students, faculty, and staff from libraries within the state and nation as well as foreign countries.

The University Libraries has been designated as the repository for the works of James A. Michener. The James A. Michener Special Collection includes manuscripts, personal papers, research materials, and publications that are available to researchers, faculty, and students who want to further explore the works of the famous author. The University Archives also provides access to materials related to the history of the university and other special collections.