Prepare for Your Visit in 2021

Last Updated July 2, 2021

The Research Room at Wilson Library is open by-appointment. Our galleries and the Fearrington Reading Room remain closed to the public. 

All researchers are encouraged to contact us, write to wilsonlibrary@unc.edu, or schedule a virtual consultation to discuss research needs and service options. 

Access to Special Collections Materials

Starting on July 6, 2021: Any researcher may request in-person research appointments.  

To begin your research request, please write to wilsonlibrary@unc.edu or schedule a consultation with a librarian.   

If you know exactly what materials you would like to consult, you are encouraged to submit a request to have material digitized using your research account. 

The availability of digital reference copies is subject to copyright, the condition of the materials requested and usage restrictions. 

See our Making a Research Appointment page for more details on in-person appointments. 

Instruction

Research and Instructional Services librarians are providing remote synchronous and asynchronous online instruction sessions with special collections materials. Contact us to discuss your teaching and learning needs. Request an instruction session using this online form. For sample lessons, visit the Teaching with Special Collections page.

Our teaching and learning services include:

  • consultations with instructors about possible assignments and lessons using primary sources;
  • online displays of relevant special collections materials;
  • virtual activities in which students observe, analyze and interpret primary sources;
  • guided discussions about a set of primary sources related to the course topic or theme;
  • semester-long engagements in which students curate a virtual exhibition; and
  • special collections research guides.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Wilson Special Collections Library Services

How can I access special collections materials?

The Research Room at Wilson Library is open by-appointment 

All researchers are encouraged to contact us, write to wilsonlibrary@unc.edu, or schedule a virtual consultation to discuss research needs and service options. 

How can I access special collections materials online? 

Some of our unique materials have been digitized for research, teaching, and discovery. Our Digital Exhibitions and Collections page is a good place to start. Contact us, write to wilsonlibrary@unc.edu, or schedule a virtual consultation if you are looking for specific materials. 

Can I order scans of special collections materials?

You may request limited reproductions of collection materials through your user account. We are currently working to provide a limited number of free copies for research, academic and noncommercial purposes. Note that copying services may not be available for some materials and can only be done as conditions and restrictions allow. Visit our Request Copies page for more information.

Can I acquire publication-quality images from Wilson Library’s collections?

Yes, you can make a photoduplication request through your user account and indicate that you need to publish the item.

I need to consult a whole archival collection to effectively do my research; what are my options?

Contact us to explore options for large-scale digitization, remote research, or our limited, by-appointment research room service.

My class needs to use special collections materials this semester. What can I do to provide high-quality instruction experiences?

Our instruction librarians have adapted lesson plans to teaching virtually with special collections materials. Request an instruction session through this online form.

Can I check out North Carolina Collection circulating materials?

Yes, request items through their catalog records using your Onyen or borrower’s card credentials. For more information about Davis Library’s pickup service, visit this FAQ page.

What are my parking options? 

Parking options within a few blocks of Wilson Library include the Rams Head Parking Deck at 33 Ridge Road and metered parking along South Road and Country Club Road. Check UNC Transportation and Parking’s Visitor Parking page for the current status of parking availability and a map of visitor parking.

Wilson Special Collections Library Spaces

Can I visit Wilson Library?

The Research Room at Wilson Library is open by-appointment, Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM. Our galleries and the Fearrington Reading Room remain closed to the public.

Can I make an appointment with the Library to do my research in person?

All researchers are encouraged to contact us, write to wilsonlibrary@unc.edu, or schedule a virtual consultation to discuss research needs and service options. 

Starting on July 6, 2021: Any researcher may request in-person research appointments.  

See our Making a Research Appointment page for more details on in-person appointments. 

Can I study in the Fearrington Reading Room or the Wilson Library lobby?

Parts of Wilson Library will remain closed to the public, including the Fearrington Reading Room. Limited and designated areas within Davis Library and the Health Sciences Library are open for use.

Can I schedule a meeting or an event in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room?

Groups from outside the University Libraries may not reserve or use meeting rooms in any Library facility for in-person, non-instructional events.

Can I visit your exhibitions?

While the building, including its galleries, remains closed to the public, there are virtual exhibitions you can access online. Our most recent exhibition, “Climbing the Hill: Women in the History of UNC,” was student curated and focuses on women’s experiences at UNC. You can find more digital exhibitions on our Digital Collections page.

Contact us for more information about Wilson Library’s available services: