#TBT: UNC Campus, Then & Now

Think campus looks different after all the summer construction? It’s nothing compared to the changes since 1942.

Aerial view of UNC campus from Cameron Avenue to South Road in 1942.

We wanted a more direct comparison, so we used Knight Lab’s Juxtapose tool to make this slider:

Our favorite buildings (Carroll Hall and most of the libraries, naturally) hadn’t been built yet. Had yours?

Google earth V [UNC campus], 35° 54′ 47″ N 79°, 03′ 34″ W, Eye alt 588 m. SIO, NOAA, U.S. Navy, NGA, GEBCO. Retrieved from https://earth.google.com/web/@35.90962794,-79.0484972,148.56411385a,1159.43280009d,35y,111.46861517h,67.75728218t,0r [August 11, 2017].

UNC aerial view, in the Hugh Morton Photographs and Films #P0081, copyright 1942, North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library. Retrieved from http://dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/morton_highlights/id/4979

#TBT: Moon Landing

gif of the Eagle lunar landing craft approaching the Columbia with the moon in the background.

Forty-eight years ago today, the Eagle landed and Neil Armstrong took one small step and a giant leap.

All three members of the Apollo 11 crew—trained at Morehead Planetarium in January 1968.

UNC has another connection to the Apollo 11 launch: Hugh Morton (’43), whose collection of photographs and films is part of the NC Collection, was there on July 16th, 1969 to see the launch.

Further Reading
Apollo Astronauts at UNC
Astronaut Training at Morehead
When the astronauts came to campus: Morehead Planetarium’s life-saving history
The Brightest Star of All, a post on the View to Hugh blog about Morehead Planetarium’s history
The Eagle Has Landed, The Flight of Apollo 11, 1969
Apollo 11 Flight Plan at the National Archives

#TBT: Krispy Kreme’s 80th Birthday

Krispy Kreme opened its first store 80 years ago today in Winston-Salem. To celebrate the beginning of the famous North Carolina company, we’ve created a gallery (at the bottom of the page) of news articles, ads, and photos from its history.

Want to learn more about Krispy Kreme? Start with Bridget Madden’s excellent blog post for the North Carolina Collection’s This Month in North Carolina History from 2009 for a brief overview of the company’s history or Krispy Kreme’s own timeline on their website.

UNC also has two great books on Krispy Kreme, Glazed America: a history of the doughnut by Paul R. Mullins and Making dough: the 12 secret ingredients of Krispy Kreme’s sweet success by Kirk Kazanjian & Amy Joyner.

Finally, this video from the Smithsonian (the source of the GIF at the beginning of this post) discusses the innovative process Krispy Kreme invented to make their doughnuts:

Click on an image to enlarge it.

#TBT: The Bookshop

After 32 years, The Bookshop (the one with the cats) is closing its doors for good next Saturday, July 15th.

This September 11, 1985 Daily Tar Heel article mentions five other used bookstores in Chapel Hill (not counting Saaremaa and Loeser’s former stores). Today, The Bookshop and Flyleaf Books are the only used bookstores in Chapel Hill.

Founders Linda Saaremaa and Bill Loeser opened the store in 1985 after buying the 400 W. Franklin St. building. Both owned Chapel Hill bookstores before The Bookshop: Saaremaa owned Bookends and Loeser, the Keith and Martin Used and Rare Book Shop.

This April 9, 1992 special section of the Daily Tar Heel discusses the various used and independent bookstores in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

In 2007, they sold the store—but not the building—to Eric Johnson, who also owns the Recycle Bookstores in San Jose and Campbell, CA. When Saaremaa and Loeser put the building up for sale in 2016, Johnson decided to close The Bookshop rather than relocating.

Saaremaa and Loeser still own Bolin Creek Books, an online used bookstore which they opened in 2009.

When The Bookshop opened, there were five other used bookstores in Chapel Hill; after July 15th, Flyleaf Books will be the only one.

Both of The Bookshop’s cats have been adopted.

About Us. In The Bookshop of Chapel Hill. Retrieved from https://www.bookshopofchapelhill.com/shop/chapelhill/aboutus.html

Donaldson, K. V. (1985, September 11). Area bookworms may satisfy appetites at specialized local used-book stores. The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved from https://universityofnorthcarolinaatchapelhill.newspapers.com/image/67931954

Lee, M. (1992, April 9). Where does Johnny go to read? The Daily Tar Heel. Retrieved from https://universityofnorthcarolinaatchapelhill.newspapers.com/image/67865566

Wells, A. (2017). Chapel Hill prepares for the final chapter of The BookShop. Omnibus. Retrieved from http://mejo457.web.unc.edu/2017/02/chapel-hill-prepares-for-the-final-chapter-of-the-bookshop/

Summer Hours at Park Library


Summer Hours 2017

Monday–Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday: Closed

We’re also closed on May 29th for Memorial Day and on July 4th. Our regular hours will resume on August 22nd.

Therapy Pets are back this week!

Therapy Pets Spring 2017 Schedule

Therapy pets will be returning to the MJ-school’s Park Library on Wednesday, May 3rd and Friday, May 5th! Therapy dogs and cats will be in CA268 from 12:30–5 p.m. on May 3rd and from noon–5 p.m. on May 5th to relieve student stress during exams. RSVP on Facebook and tell all your friends!

Wednesday, May 3rd

  • 12:30 p.m. — Cassie the therapy dog
  • 1:30 p.m. — Splenda the therapy dog
  • 2:30 p.m. — Cadi & Vivo the therapy cats
  • 4:00 p.m. — Whiskey the therapy dog

Friday, May 5th

  • Noon — Garbo the therapy dog
  • 1:00 p.m. — Cadi & Vivo the therapy cats
  • 3:00 p.m. — Enoch Elijah the therapy cat
  • 4:00 p.m. — Whiskey the therapy dog
Whiskey the therapy dog surrounded by students

Whiskey the therapy dog, Fall 2012


Read the New York Times for Free


Are you a currently enrolled UNC student? Then you’re a few short steps from having full access to the New York Times online through UNC Libraries.

Sign up by visiting nytimes.com/passes and registering with your UNC email address.

Have a few questions or want to learn more? Check out this UNC libraries page about the New York Times Academic Pass.

Spring Break 2017

spring break hours

Stuck with books instead of beaches this Spring Break? We’re here for you!

March 13th–17th
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Our regular hours will resume on March 20th.

Winter Break 2017

Winter Break 2017 hours

School is over, but we’re still open!

December 18th–20th
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

December 21st
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

December 22nd-January 1st

January 2nd–January 9th
9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Our regular hours will resume on January 10th.

Extended library hours

Need a place to study? We’ll be open late during exams!

Monday–Thursday, 12/4–12/15
8:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Friday, 12/8
8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Friday, 12/15
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.