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Using the Library: Friends of the Library


Welcome, Friends of D. Hiden Ramsey Library! 

Since 1961, residents of Asheville and surrounding Western North Carolina have been able to access and borrow materials from D. Hiden Ramsey Library by purchasing a Friends of Ramsey Library membership. So wherever you are in North Carolina, we hope you will become a Friend. It will be our pleasure to serve you.

Who is it for?

Anyone is welcome to use the library collections in-house. Individuals interested in checking out materials from Ramsey Library, but who are not affiliated with the University, may borrow materials by obtaining a Friend of Ramsey Library Card.

WHO: Any resident of North Carolina eighteen years or older can purchase a library card.

WHAT TO BRING: Proof of eligibility is required by presentation of a valid North Carolina driver’s license (or a valid North Carolina state issued picture ID).

WHERE: Go to the Circulation Desk and fill out a membership form.

COST: $18 per year. If you are a UNCA graduate you are entitled to a Friends Card with no annual fee!



This borrower’s card entitles the borrower to check out up to ten items at a time. The card in nontransferable and must be presented to check out items. The normal loan period is three weeks, although this may be shorter if the expiration of the card is prior to the end of the loan period. 

The card provides borrowing privileges for:

Loan Period
  Popular Reading Books Three weeks
  New Books Three weeks
  General Collection Three weeks
  Curriculum Materials Three weeks
  Juvenile Literature Three weeks
  Government Documents Three weeks
  LP Records Three weeks
  Audiocassettes Three weeks

It does not include the following services: 

ABC Express
  CDs, Software, Kits and CD-ROMs
  Current Periodicals
  Interlibrary Loan
  Off-campus access to electronic databases
  Videos, DVDs, and Laser Discs

All check out privileges are blocked when the amount owed in fines/fees reaches $1.00.

Renewing Checked-Out Items

Renew Items 

You may bring materials with your borrower’s card to the Circulation Desk for renewal. You can also renew your materials twice online. The cut-off date for online renewals is the due date of the item. After this time, items must be brought into the library for renewal. Recalled books cannot be renewed. 

All check out privileges for Friends of Ramsey Library is blocked when the amount owed in fines/fees reaches $1.00.

Returning Checked-Out Items

Return Items 

In the library 
Return Materials to the Circulation Desk.

Book drops
Outside the entrance of Ramsey Library 
On University Heights next to Governors Hall 
Map (link here) 

Mail to
One University Heights 
Ramsey Library 
CPO # 1500 
Asheville NC 28804-8504

Fines / Fees

Regular overdue fines are 20 cents per day per item for each day the library is open. Materials are due by closing on the date that appears on the patron’s record. Fines begin on the first day an item is overdue. 

Overdue notices and fine bills are sent to the address in the patron’s record in the Circulation system. These notices are sent as a courtesy; fines/fees are not waived if a patron fails to receive a notice. Please notify the library if your address changes by using the change of address form.

Lost or Damaged Items
A patron who suspects that an item checked out in his/her name has been lost should report it as soon as possible to the Circulation Desk. When fines have reached the maximum amount, replacement charges will be generated for the non-returned items. A patron who loses an item is responsible for reimbursing the library for the replacement cost of $75.00. If the item is found within a year, a patron will be reimbursed the fines but not the processing fee of $15.00. Patrons are responsible for the proper care of items that they have checked out. The cost of repair or replacement of damaged items will be billed to the borrower’s account.

Rules and regulations of Ramsey Library are to be followed. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of patron borrowing privileges.