Prepare for a Visit

The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library is free and open to the public.


For our current hours, please see our Hours and Locations page.

Location, Parking, and Disability Access

Wilson Library is located in the center of UNC’s campus, directly across South Road from the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower. If using a GPS device to locate us, please use 200 South Rd, Chapel Hill, NC.

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. The Department of Public Safety’s Map of Visitor and Metered Parking has a complete list of visitor parking on campus.

Disability access to Wilson Library is from the side (east) entrance of the building, facing the Undergraduate Library. UNC disability parking spaces are behind the Undergraduate Library, directly across from Stadium Drive and accessible from the South Road entrance. Inside the building, elevator access is available past the stairwell on the east side. The elevator allows access to all public areas in Wilson Library.

Before Your Research Visit

The Wilson Special Collections Library is free and open to all students, scholars, and the public for research. To make your first research visit go more smoothly, take the following actions before arriving:

  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 room.
  4. Please see our policies before your first visit.

Visiting Researchers

Research materials are served in our secure Special Collections Research Room. Lockers stationed in the research room are free for use by registered special collections users.

Computers are also available in Wilson Library’s secure research room. Use of these computers is restricted to registered users engaged in special collections research.

Non-Research Visitors

Wilson Library has spaces for quiet study, including the Fearrington Reading Room on the third floor of the building. Free access to wireless internet is available throughout the building. A CCI printer is available in the Music Library on the first (bottom) floor of Wilson.

Contact Us

If you have questions about visiting Wilson Library please call (919) 962-3765 or email us at