Access Online Resources from Home

Monday, March 23, 2020

Did you know you can access many of the Government and Heritage Library’s (GHL) resources from the comfort of your home? All the resources listed here are free to users, although some may require a library card from GHL.

The North Carolina Digital Collections has a new look!

North Carolina Digital Collections

The North Carolina Digital Collections ( is the official digital repository for the State Archives of North Carolina and the State Library of North Carolina. With over 50 collections and 83,000 items equaling 1,205 GB of data, you are sure to find something useful for your research.

Different collections will be of more interest to some users than others.

Materials in the Digital Collections are arranged by topic, and then alphabetically by title on the homepage. Each collection is searchable on its own via the “Browse all items” link or the collection landing pages (“About this collection” links). Or you can use a specific term (name, date, title, etc.) in the main search bar to search across all collections.  

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Need some quick information about North Carolina’s people, resources, places, culture, and history? Head over to NCpedia (, an online encyclopedia managed by the GHL. With over 8,000 articles, users have access to quick facts about North Carolina, information about each of North Carolina’s 100 counties, biographies of prominent North Carolinians, and so much more!  

ANCHOR (A North Carolina History Online Resource)

A North Carolina History Online Resource, also known as ANCHOR kogo

ANCHOR ( is an online textbook designed for students in grade 8 and up. It covers all of North Carolina history, from the arrival of the first people through the 21st century. Arranged in chronological order, the resource includes readings, primary sources, and multimedia.  

Online Databases & Resources

Individuals with a library card from GHL can take advantage of the online databases available via our Online Resources page ( The databases cover several topics and subjects including newspapers, genealogy and history, geographic info, and data. Databases available to users remotely include any with a North Carolina shaped icon or the NC LIVE logo after the database title.  

Detailed guidance and suggested resources may be found on the Research Guides page ( Created by GHL staff, these guides help you throughout the research process. Topics covered include: Agriculture, Data and Statistics, Genealogy, North Carolina History, Library Resources, North Carolina State Publications, and People of North Carolina.  

GHL Library Cards 

If you want to access these resources, especially the online databases, but don’t yet have a library card from GHL, you can still sign up for one! Available to North Carolina residents, it’s as simple as downloading the application from the State Library website, filling it out, and emailing the completed application to  You also have the option of filling out an online application form. Within a few days, you will receive a card number and instructions on how to use your card.  

Chat and Email Reference 

Through these resources and others, we hope you will find the information and answers you need. If you still have questions or need help locating resources, we invite you to contact us. GHL librarians continue to be available via chat, Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, on any of our website pages or via email at We will do our best to answer any questions you might have, but please note that our access to materials may be limited and full responses to inquiries may take a few days.


Krista Sorenson, Digital Projects Librarian