North Carolina Libraries
North Carolina has always been friendly to scholars and
knowledge-seekers in general. Serving as house to the popular Research
Triangle of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University
and North Carolina State University, knowledge is spread across the
state as it boasts over eighty public libraries.
Probably the most famous in the state is the State Library of North
Carolina located at City of Raleigh. Serving as the main depository for
North Carolina state publication, the library has been a key institution
in serving government employees the access to information resources that
are important to public decision-making and economic development. The
library was established in 1812 as a project of the North Carolina
General Assembly for safeguarding documents and records for the state
legislature. In the 1870s the public was allowed to use the reference
collection and circulation books. In 1958, the State Library started
providing library services to the blind.
Listed in the succeeding sentences are the services that the State
Library provides. The Center for the Book serves to promote literacy in
North Carolina by encouraging people to read books and visit libraries.
he Interlibrary Loan allows employees who work outside Raleigh to borrow
books in other local public libraries. NC LIVE provides online access to
electronic resources. The state library also maintains the North
Carolina Encyclopedia that gives an overview to the people, government,
history and resources of North Carolina.
Collections in the state library include one of the largest and most
comprehensive North Carolina genealogical resources in the state which
includes books, periodicals, census indexes and microfilms. Its general
collection is noted for its diversity, containing fiction, travel books,
biographies and children's books related to and of interest to North
Carolina and North Carolinians. The library also keeps a comprehensive
account of government documents and North Carolina newspapers. In fact,
the library has an impressive collection of 3 million newspapers in
microfilm. Rare books are also shelved in closed stacks which are
accessible exclusively to staff.
Its reference section which is shelved
in open stacks includes current periodicals, magazines, telephone
directories, statistical materials and maps. It also includes a vast
collection of videocassettes and DVDs.
The state library is located next to the North Carolina State
Legislative Building and near to the North Carolina Museum of History
and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. It is a division of
the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and it also serves
other North Carolina libraries.
Among the pubic libraries that the state library governs are the
following: Appalachian Regional Library in North Wilkesboro City,
Beaufort-Hyde-Martin Regional Library in Washington City, Chapel Hill
Public Library in Chapel Hill, Cumberland County Public Library &
Information Center in Fayetteville City, Fontana Regional Library in
Bryson City, Hyconeechee Regional Library in Hillsborough, Scotland
County Memorial Library in Laurinburg and more.