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The search room is open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Except on weekends preceding or following a University holiday, the search room is also open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Please see the Wilson Library hours' page for the most up-to-date closure information.

Reference services are limited on weekends. New researchers are encouraged to contact reference staff ( a minimum of three days prior to arriving on a Saturday or Sunday to conduct research in the collections for the first time.

We do not offer same-day photocopying. Please plan accordingly. Researchers are strongly encouraged to use digital cameras to photograph unrestricted collections.

Location and Contact Information:
Manuscripts Department
4th Floor
Wilson Library CB# 3926
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27515-8890
Telephone: 919-962-1345
FAX: 919-962-3594
To request reference assistance, please send an email to

Driving Directions:
From Raleigh and points east:
  • Take Interstate 40 west
  • Take exit 273 (Highway 54) towards Chapel Hill
  • Continue straight on Raleigh Road (Highway 54) for about 4 miles
  • See "From Highway 54" instructions below
From Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and points west:
  • Take Interstate 85
  • Take Interstate 40 east towards Raleigh
  • Take exit 273 (Highway 54) towards Chapel Hill
  • Continue straight on Raleigh Road (Highway 54) for about 4 miles
  • See "From Highway 54" instructions below
From Durham and points north:
  • Take Interstate 85 to intersection with Highway 15-501 south
  • Follow 15-501 south towards Chapel Hill; keep right as the highway divides
  • Follow on 15-501 South (Bypass), bearing left as Franklin Street splits to the right
  • Turn right onto the Highway 54 exit towards UNC-Chapel Hill
  • See "From Highway 54" instructions below
From Highway 54:
  • The traffic light at the top of the hill marks the intersection of South Road (the continuation of Raleigh Road) and Country Club Road
  • As you approach the light, turn into the UNC Visitor Parking Lot* on the right
  • The parking lot is about 3 blocks from Wilson Library.
  • Walk onto campus along South Road. You will pass the old Chapel Hill Cemetery and the Student Union on the right.
  • The back of Wilson Library faces the Bell Tower on the left side of South Road (the front faces the Polk Place quadrangle).
  • Enter the building via the side entrance between Wilson Library and the Undergraduate Library. This entrance is wheel chair accessible.
  • Take the elevator or stairs to the 4th floor.

*Visit the UNC Vistor Parking page for further information or call the Department of Transportation & Parking at 919-962-3951. Note that all campus parking regulations are strictly enforced.