Know Before You Go

Procedures For Visitors

The SLNC Government & Heritage Library is open to the public with the following guidelines in place.

  • The GHL encourages but does not require visitors to schedule an appointment to help with their research needs. Appointments are in one-hour intervals and can be made consecutively.  
  • Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required. 

Onsite library hours will be Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Researchers are encouraged to use the GHL’s online resources. Contact staff to determine if research can be conducted remotely.

Please check our website often for updates or contact us at slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6790 (please note if you leave a message, your call may be returned from a different number).

*If you wish to conduct research at the State Archives of North Carolina please see https://archives.ncdcr.gov/about/visit/visit-state-archives-north-carolina for more information.

Safety First

Wellness and Protection

  • If you are feeling sick or unwell, stay home.
  • Given the continued threat of COVID-19 and variants of the virus, face masks are required. 
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in the reading room.

Additional Information

  • We have installed protective plexiglass at our reference desk and have software that allows us to help patrons remotely.
  • There will be a limited number of computers and scanners for public use in the reading room.
  • Researchers are encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil, laptop or other electronic devices, and camera/phone for making copies of documents.

Reserve a Time to Visit

Hours: Monday–Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Research appointments are encouraged. 

To use your time at the Library more efficiently, call or email us at slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6790 to talk to our reference staff before you make an appointment.

You may also contact us for a 30 minute Book A Librarian consultation (please contact us five business days in advance to ensure we have available staff).

More Things to Know

Due to limited hours, visitors can take steps before their visit to maximize their time in the library. If you are uncertain about what resources to check next contact us at, slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov with your question.

Other options:

  • Researchers are encouraged to use the GHL’s online resources.
  • Contact staff to determine if research can be conducted remotely.
  • Get a library card! If you are a North Carolina resident, begin the registration process online.
  • Search the Library’s catalog to identify materials you would like to see when you visit.
  • Visit the North Carolina Digital Collections to explore our digital resources.
  • Please take our online Roots MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for family researcher beginners.
  • Search the US Census during the years of your ancestor’s lifetime. Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and Family Search (free) may be accessible through your local public library.
  • If you need to access original documents, please coordinate your visit with the State Archives of NC.
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