Access the North Carolina Government & Heritage Library from Home

Monday, August 17, 2020

The staff at the Government and Heritage Library are teleworking due to COVID-19. We are working closely with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and DNCR to ensure we can offer a safe environment for staff and patrons. We miss our patrons dearly and are looking forward to welcoming them back. We hope to return to the building as soon as we safely can, but until then, as well as after, you can access our online collections and services in a variety of ways. 

Digital collections 

 screenshot of the North Carolina Digital Collections homepage

The digital collection began in 2007 with a single collection entitled “Family Records” which contains digitized family Bibles with transcripts of each one to make them full-text searchable. Today, there are over 50 collections spanning topics such as African American Education, State Publications that include Session Laws from 1777 through now, tax lists, colonial court records, historic and modern Governor’s papers, military records through World War II, and so much more! Check it out! Our digital collections are always growing.  

Online Databases 

We have a lot of databases to assist with research for a variety of topics. Some are free, but some of them can only be accessed with a library card and a few cannot be accessed outside of the building. You can tell how to access each source by looking at the icon beside the link of the database and comparing it to the guide on the right-hand side of the webpage.  

shows database categories with the guide that indicates if they are free to access, only with a library card, or only in the building

Databases are grouped into the following categories: Newspapers; Genealogy and History; Geographic Information; Data, Demographics, Business; eBooks and Video; Reference; and Trials.  

Be sure to check out our databases


The Government and Heritage Library has three main services that can be accessed from home. 

  • Get carded! Get a library card from us. You can fill out the application and send it to us via email.  
  • Chat with us! Got a research question and need some quick help? Come and chat with us about it. Available every weekday from 8 AM-5 PM eastern time.  
  • Have more than just a quick question? How about Book A Librarian? Book A Librarian is a service where a reference librarian can work one-on-one with you for 30 minutes to assist with your research.  

We look forward to assisting you soon! 

Erin Bradford, Reference Librarian