Wilson Library

Library Tours Week of Aug. 22


Welcome (back) to UNC, everyone! Start the year on the right academic foot with a free tour of the Undergraduate Library, Davis Library, or Wilson Library. The schedule is available on the Library’s news blog. Tours meet in the main lobby of each library.

Can’t make it to a tour? Contact us by chat, email, phone, or IM. We’re here for you!

Best wishes for a great year!

ABCs of Special Collections


The main floor of Wilson Library is now home to a new display in what will be an ongoing series showcasing the diversity and variety of Wilson collections. ABCs of Special Collections borrows its title and concept from John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors, a celebrated reference text that contains over 450 definitions of technical terms related to book collecting. The display will be updated periodically with new words, new definitions, and, most exciting of all, new books.

Set in the Southern Part of Heaven: Chapel Hill Through Authors’ Eyes


This exhibition looks at the town of Chapel Hill as it appears in novels, stories, and memoirs. Set in the Southern Part of Heaven: Chapel Hill Through Authors’ Eyes features 35 books by both professional and amateur writers. Included are historical accounts, short stories, mysteries, and even a fantasy-tinged romance with scenes that take place in Gimghoul Castle. More information here.

Through October 2, 2016
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

Grants will preserve rare music recordings in Southern Folklife Collection


Two grants totaling $45,000 will help to preserve rare musical recordings in the Southern Folklife Collection. The recordings include performances by traditional North Carolina musicians Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten and Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson. Using awards from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Recording Preservation Foundation, the SFC will create archival copies of the fragile recordings and place them online for the first time. “These sounds are a national treasure,” said Steve Weiss, curator of the SFC. “We cannot wait to bring them to fresh generations of listeners, researchers, students, and fans.”

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