Prepare for Your Visit

Last Updated August 8, 2021

The Research Room at Wilson Library is open by-appointment. The Fearrington Reading Room (quiet study) and the North Carolina Collection Gallery is open to the public, while the Saltarelli Exhibit Room remains temporarily closed. 

Following the University of North Carolina’s Community Standards, face masks that properly cover your mouth and nose must be worn at all times in Wilson Library. We ask that you delay your visit if you are unable to wear a mask.

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 limited in-person instruction and 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;
  • displays of relevant special collections materials;
  • 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 an 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 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?

We are providing limited in-person instruction and 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. The Fearrington Reading Room (quiet study) and the North Carolina Collection Gallery is open to the public, while the Saltarelli Exhibit Room remains temporarily closed.

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?

The Fearrington Reading Room and Wilson Library lobby is open for quiet study. Following the University of North Carolina’s Community Standards, face masks that properly cover your mouth and nose must be worn at all times in Wilson Library. No food or drinks are permitted inside the library.

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

The Pleasants Family Assembly Room is reservable on weekdays by University departments and offices. For more information, please review our Guidelines for Use.

Can I visit your exhibitions?

Visitors can view exhibitions in the North Carolina Collection Gallery and the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. Digital exhibitions are also available on our Digital Collections page. The Saltarelli Exhibition Room is closed until further notice due to ceiling damage that is pending repair.

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