NC LIVE is a cooperative library service for the students, faculty, business people, and residents of North Carolina. The website allows access to digital content such as ebooks, ejournals, streaming video, and downloadable audiobooks offered from a variety of vendors. The main partners in NC LIVE are the University of North Carolina Libraries, the North Carolina Community College Libraries the State Library of North Carolina & Public Libraries, North Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities' Libraries. The website and its content are accessible to approximately 200 locations through IP recognition, remote local authentication, and a statewide passwording system.
NC LIVE provides:
The idea for a virtual library project in North Carolina was born in May 1996. In August 1996, the State Library of North Carolina presented a program on statewide electronic/virtual library projects at the meeting of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Invited representatives of UNC libraries, community college libraries, and public libraries attended the meeting. The group agreed on the conceptual aspects of a North Carolina project. On August 26, a vision statement and project approach was agreed upon. Initial budgeting was gained from the governor in February 1997. NC LIVE went online on April 19, 1998.
NC LIVE is supported by appropriations from the North Carolina Legislature and by dues from members the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU):
NC LIVE comprises a series of advisory committees that work closely with the NC LIVE staff to assist with the direction and planning of NC LIVE activities. These committees have equal representation from all communities of interest. They determine general governance, the selection and purchase of NC LIVE resources, web site organization and design, publicity efforts, training topics and initiatives, and technical infrastructure. Committee recommendations are passed onto the NC LIVE Librarians Council (LC) & Governing Council for review and action.
There are two voting representatives from each Community of Interest and one NC LIVE ex officio member on each committee (except for the Librarians Council). The committees are: