Letter from Cal Shepard, State LibrarianCal Shepard

The State Library of North Carolina envisions a future in which all North Carolinians have access to exceptional library services and to the information resources they need to achieve their personal, educational, and professional goals.  Here’s what we do to achieve this vision:

  • Serve as the principal library of state government – The Government and Heritage Library’s mission is to preserve and facilitate public access to state government information; advance the study, understanding, and appreciation of North Carolina’s cultural heritage; and provide library resources and services that support the operational needs of state government agencies.
  • Build the capacity of all libraries in the state – The Library Development Section coordinates programs (such as statewide summer reading) for libraries to help them increase their capacity to serve their local communities, operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, and conducts statewide programs such as the administration of a federal grants program and continuing education for library staff.
  • The North Carolina Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NCLBPH) is a special public library that circulates books and magazines especially made for persons who cannot use regular printed material because of a visual or physical disability.

I invite you to look around our website to discover some of the incredible resources we make available. Here’s one you might enjoy from our NCpedia: North Carolina Barbecue.

Better yet – use our services. Visit the State Library in Raleigh to make use of our nationally noted genealogy collection. Visit our online library from your computer to see state publications from the 1800’s to today, a history of the North Carolina State Fair (complete with photos of fried food), genealogy materials transcribed by volunteers throughout the US. and more. These collections are a historian’s delight! Do you have a friend or relative whose eyesight is failing? Contact the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped and sign them up for this free service. Finally, visit and support your local public library. It is the best deal in town (free!) and I bet that you will find something there to surprise and delight you.

Cal Shepard
State Librarian

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