about wilson library
The Wilson Special Collections Library, located on Polk Place at the heart of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus, is home to the University Library's North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services. The five special collections hold unique and rare books, organizational records, personal and family papers, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and artifacts that document the history and culture of the University, the state, the region, the nation, and the world. Conservation and sound preservation laboratories that serve the special collections are also located within the building. The Wilson Library is recognized as a place where all students, scholars, and visitors are welcome to pursue their research and interests. Throughout the year, the collections in the Wilson Library offer public events and exhibitions that highlight their renowned collections.
The online catalog and finding aids and research guides provide access to a majority of the special collections holdings. For research assistance, please consult with the Library's Research and Instruction staff.
The Wilson Library served as the main University library from 1929 until the opening of the Walter Royal Davis Library in 1984. For more information about the Wilson Library's history, see Louis Round Wilson Library: An Enduring Monument to Learning, University Librarian Emeritus Joe A. Hewitt's talk commemorating the Wilson Library's seventy-fifth anniversary.