UNCSA students and staff may check out circulating materials with valid school IDs. Public patrons may register for a borrower’s card for $15, but are limited to borrowing five items at a time. Since the library supports a performing arts conservatory, items necessary for School performances or study may be deemed non-circulating to the general public. The Semans Library participates in Interlibrary Loan and the UNC Cooperative Borrowing programs. Interlibrary Loan is available only to students, faculty and staff with a valid UNCSA ID.

Materials may be copied in the library through the School’s one-card system only. Faculty and students can save a trip to the one-card office if they have cash (bills only) by using the VTS machine located near the Main Circulation Desk to add value to their cards. Public patrons may request the use of the Library's copy card, and then pay for their copies at the main circulation desk. Copies are 10 cents per page for black and white and $1 for color copies.

Public patrons and UNC Co-op borrowers must be registered with the library in order to borrow materials. As of Fall 2012, public patron registration and card replacement cost $15. Registration forms will be accepted and processed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If a potential borrower is unable to register during this time period, please call the main circulation desk at 770-3270, or contact the Head of Access Services.

Without exception, filming is prohibited in all parts of the library building.