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reading rooms and study spaces


Welcome to the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library! We encourage the use of the library and its collections by students, scholars, visiting researchers, and the general public. In addition to two reading rooms devoted to the use of special collections materials, there are several quiet study areas available in Wilson Library.


Following the completion by first-time research visitors of our registration process, in-person assistance with finding and retrieving collection materials is provided at two services desks within Wilson Library.

Second Floor Reading Room

Second Floor Reading Room

Location: 2nd Floor, West Side
Collections served: North Carolina Collection and Rare Book Collection

Fourth Floor Reading Room

Fourth Floor Reading Room

Location: 4th Floor, East Side
Collections served: Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, University Archives, and General Manuscripts

Both Special Collections reading rooms are secure spaces open only to those seeking assistance with or using collection materials. There are lockers available for personal belongings not permitted in the reading rooms. Wireless access is available in both reading rooms. Food and beverages of any kind are not permitted.


Quiet study areas in Wilson Library do not require registration. We welcome the use of these areas by anyone seeking a quiet place to study. Wireless access is available in both areas. Because of the proximity to unique and rare collection materials, food and beverages are not permitted in these areas. We encourage quiet studiers to consume food and beverages in the Wilson Library lobby or on the front steps overlooking Polk Place.

Grand Reading Room

Grand Reading Room, West Side

Location: 3rd Floor off of the Saltarelli Gallery

Please contact us at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu, or (919) 962-3765 if you have questions or require assistance with the collections.


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This page was last updated Tuesday, August 06, 2013.