Use Wilson Library

To use the collections for research:

  1. Search our online catalog and finding aids and identify materials for your research.
  2. Register as a researcher.
  3. Request materials for viewing in the reading rooms.

The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library is home to five special collections. The North Carolina Collection and the Rare Book Collection can be accessed in the second-floor reading room on the west end of the building. The Southern Folklife Collection, the Southern Historical Collection, and the University Archives and Records Management Services can all be accessed in the fourth-floor reading room on the east end of the building.

Wilson Library is free and open to all students, scholars, and the public for research. All users must register prior to entering the reading rooms. Please see our policies before your first visit. Lockers stationed in both secure reading rooms are free for use by registered special collections users. We also have spaces for quiet study, including the Fearrington Reading Room on the third floor of the building.

Free access to wireless internet is available throughout Wilson Library. Additionally, computers are available in Wilson Library’s secure reading rooms. Use of these computers is restricted to registered users engaged in special collections research.

Wilson Library is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, 9am to 1pm on Saturdays, and 1pm to 5pm on Sundays. More information on hours, closures, directions, and parking can be found on UNC Libraries’ Hours and Locations page. Please see our Visit Us page for information on disability access and links to pages related to exhibits and tours.

Questions about the collections housed in Wilson Library should be directed to