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Chesutt Library and Reference Resources

Chesnutt Library Resources
  • Over 365,000 Book Titles
  • Over 170,000 E-Book Titles
  • Over 1,080 Current Periodical Titles in the Library
  • Over 410 Electronic Journal Titles
  • Access to over 11,600 Full-Text Electronic Journal Titles through NC Live
  • Over 400 Full-Text Article and Information Databases and Websites (including scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, statistics, biographies, reference works, e-books, maps, and streaming audio and video)
  • Seven Large and Medium Group Study Rooms with Flat-Screen TVs, Blackboards, and Podiums on the 2nd and 3rd floors available on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups with research agendas have priority over individuals and groups with non-research agendas. These groups may be relocated to smaller study rooms, if available or individual and collaborative spaces in the Library.
  • Laptop Checkout Program
The Reference Desk
  • Staffed by professional librarians and trained staff.
  • Assistance with using print and online reference materials, the online catalog, electronic databases, basic and advanced catalog searching, and Internet searching to find books, journal articles and relevant Web sites.
  • Over eighty computers in the Library with Microsoft Office Suite and Internet capabilities.
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The Circulation Desk
  • Check out library materials (books, laptops, and DVDs, etc.)
  • Return library materials you have borrowed
  • Check out and return of Reserve materials
  • Check out a laptop computer for use within the library
  • >> Learn More About Circulation
Library Card

Your Bronco ID Card serves as your library card. You must have it with you at the circulation desk to check out library materials. >> More Information on the Bronco Card

Resources you can access via the Charles W. Chesnutt Library Home Page.

The library's homepage ( provides information and access to library resources (books, articles, databases, audio, video, ebooks, news, library blog, digital repository, primary materials, digitized materials (yearbooks, student newspapers, scrapbooks, catalogs, etc.), services and other information..

Research Tools are services of the library that support research.
About the Library provides information about the operation of the library.
  • Departments: Contains links to library departments' web pages.
  • Hours: The hours of operation for Chesnutt Library are posted here.  Holiday hours are regularly updated.
  • Contact Us: This directory page contains the names, titles, phone numbers, and email addresses for the Chesnutt Library Staff.
  • Mission/Policies: Here you can read the mission statement and policies of the Chesnutt Library.
  • Library Tour: An online tour of the library.
  • Friends of the Library: Information about the Friends of the Library. 
Services provides links to the services supported by the library.
  • Interlibrary Loan:
    Interlibrary Loan allows you to borrow books, journal articles, microfilm, or audio-visual materials from other libraries.
  • My Library Record:
    My Library Record allows you to check your library status: how many items you currently have checked out and when they are due; renew your materials online; check the status of your hold requests; see if you have any outstanding late fees or replacement costs..
  • Distance Learners
    Describes library services available to online, off-campus and distance learners.
  • Off-Campus Access:
    Details how to access the Library's Online Resources from off-campus.
  • Copyright Information:
    Provides different links to information on copyright laws and the usage of materials.
  • Circulation Department: Here you can find information about Circulation hours, staff and services; Reserve services; and Laptop and iPad checkout.
  • Reference Department: Here you can find information about Reference hours, staff, services and the Reference collection.  The Library's 70+ computer lab area is adjacent to the Reference Department Desk.  Materials include specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries, maps and atlases, style manuals, biographical reference books, literature reviews and summaries, testing materials, statistical yearbooks, directories and other materials.
  • Government Documents: The Government Documents pages have information on hours, staff and services, including federal and state documents and other resources available in print, microfiche and online.
  • Archives and Special Collections:
    Here you can access pages and documets related to the history of FSU from 1867 to the present. Many FSU items (the Bronco Yearbooks, the student newspaper, the Voice, the College Catalogs, and past president, Rudolph Jones Scrapboooks are  available online through Digital NC.
  • Suggest a Purchase:
    If you find a particularly useful book that the Library does not own, you can suggest a purchase through the Chesnutt Library Suggestion A Purchase form.
News and Newspapers

The News and Newspapers menu provides links to local newspaper web sites like the Fayetteville Observer and the Raleigh News and Observer.  Links are also provided to the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post.

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