Wilson Project

Wilson Library Improvement Project

UNC-Chapel Hill is preparing for major construction work and closure at Wilson Library. We want to help you avoid potential conflicts or cancellations. Special Collections and the Music Library are currently scheduling research and class visits through July 2024 only. We will continue to offer digital collections, services and teaching during this time.

To discuss research and teaching with special collections at Wilson Library, email wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.
For questions about the construction project and its impacts, email wilsonproject@office.unc.edu.
You can also fill out our contact form.

This page will be updated as specific dates and project information become available.

Presentation to Employee Forum, Nov. 1, 2023

Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian María R. Estorino presented about the Wilson Library Improvement project at the November 1, 2023, meeting of the Employee Forum. Thank you to the Forum for providing the footage.

Campus Message about the Wilson Library Improvement Project, Oct. 31, 2023

Dear Carolina Community:

We are planning for several improvements in Wilson Library that will provide critical updates in this historic building. The project will include extending sprinkler coverage, creating emergency egress stairs and upgrading the fire alarm system.

Because this work will be disruptive and widespread given the size and age of the building, Wilson Library will close to the public during construction. We ask our community to begin planning now for these changes.

  • We anticipate that beginning August 2024, and for approximately three years, most special collections materials will be in secure storage and unavailable for use. We will continue to offer digital special collections, online research and instructional expertise and services during this time.
  • Wilson Library will remain open for study, meetings and special events at least until the early spring semester of 2025.
  • Most Music Library collections and services will be made available in other locations or through other means such as interlibrary borrowing.
  • The Center for Faculty Excellence, currently housed on the lower level of Wilson Library, will relocate its offices.
  • Wilson Library is expected to reopen in 2027.

Some of you may have questions about the impact these changes will have on your research, teaching and learning. We will provide additional information at upcoming meetings, including Employee Forum on Nov. 1. We’ve also created a webpage to post specific project dates and other details when finalized. In addition, you may reach out as follows:

We thank you in advance for your patience during the closure and will keep you updated on any changes to this timeline. We also share our appreciation for the N.C. General Assembly and the generous funding it provided for this important project. As we anticipate Wilson Library’s centennial in 2029, these critical improvements will help ensure the building remains a beloved Carolina treasure.

J. Christopher Clemens

María R. Estorino
Vice Provost for University Libraries and University Librarian