Wilson Library

Temporary reading room changes

rainbow paint swatches

Wilson’s reading rooms will be temporarily affected while the rooms are painted. We will keep one reading room open and all collection materials will still be available during this time. We look forward to welcoming you! Please contact us with any questions.

4th-floor reading room closed 5/15-5/17
2nd-floor reading room closed 5/18-5/25

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Exhibition: Memory, Reason, Imagination: 400 Years of French Printing

exhibition flyer

Items in this exhibition are drawn from the Rare Book Collection, reflecting its strong holdings in French imprints. Together, they trace the social, economic, political, and intellectual evolution of France during more than four centuries of printing history. From the fruits of the humanist presses of the 16th century to the mass-market paperbacks of the 20th century, printing technologies advanced in tandem with human creativity.

Through August 29, 2017
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

Road closure will affect building access

road closed sign

From May 15 through August 4, 2017, a segment of South Road will be closed near Wilson Library. The road immediately in front of Wilson will be open, but visitors entering campus from the east may need to choose a different route. Buses will be rerouted and detour signs will be posted. We encourage visitors to look at the UNC Facilities website and carefully plan their visits to campus.

Please contact us with any questions.

Exhibition: Charles Scott and the Integration of Varsity Sports at Carolina

Charles Scott photo

When Charles Scott took the floor for the men’s basketball team on Dec. 2, 1967, he became the first African American to play on the varsity basketball team at Carolina. It was the beginning of a legendary career for Scott and marked a turning point in University history.

A new exhibit on the fourth floor of Wilson Library places Scott’s career in context by looking at the integration of the student body at Carolina and of Chapel Hill in the 1960s.

Through April 30, 2017
Extended through May 30, 2017
Wilson Library 4th-floor reading room
Free and open to the public

Exhibition: Doing Our Bit: UNC and the Great War

American universities and colleges swiftly responded to the call for service when the U.S. prepared to enter World War I in 1917, and Carolina was no exception: The UNC campus became a military training ground; campus dormitories converted to barracks; and classes on battlefield strategy were added to the curriculum. By the end of the war, more than 2200 students, alumni, and members of the faculty and staff had served overseas. Those who stayed behind contributed money and time to support the cause. This exhibition uses photographs, documents, and other artifacts to recall how the Carolina campus did its bit for the Great War.

Through June 11, 2017
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

Maria R. Estorino to Lead Wilson Special Collections Library

Maria Estorino

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Maria R. Estorino as director of the Louis Round Wilson Library and associate University librarian for special collections, effective January 1, 2017. Read more about this appointment on the Library’s news blog.

Alumna Florence Fearrington Gives $5 Million to Wilson Special Collections Library


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Florence Fearrington has given $5 million to the University Library in support of the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. The gift is the largest ever made to Carolina’s libraries. In recognition, the grand reading room in Wilson Library will be renamed the Fearrington Reading Room. Fearrington, a 1958 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, was honored as a Distinguished Alumna at this year’s University Day convocation, on Oct. 11, for her pioneering career in finance and her achievements as a collector of rare books. The full story is on the Library’s news blog.

UNC T-shirt archive

UNC t-shirts

The University Archives has launched an online UNC T-Shirt Archive that archivists hope will capture a fun and meaningful facet of campus life. The T-shirt archive seeks only photographs of T-shirts, not the actual items. There are two ways to contribute:

  1. Visit unctshirtarchive.tumblr.com to learn about the project and upload a photograph of your t-shirt;
  2. Share on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MyUNCTShirt. If it’s a t-shirt not yet in the collection, an archivist will reach out to you.

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