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About The GHL

The Government and Heritage Library's (GHL) 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.

The Government & Heritage Library is located in the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Building in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I borrow books?

Yes! If you are a North Carolina resident or a state agency employee, you can apply for a library card and borrow items from our circulating collection. If your library is a member of the NC Cardinal Consortium, you may place a hold on circulating materials and they will be sent to your library.

Can I access your databases?

State Library card holders can access many databases off site. Some databases are only available on site.

How do I get a State Library card?

Fill out a library card application and email it to us or bring it in. You will need to present a state issued identification card at the time of registration.

Do you have computers I can use?

Our computers are available for research only. If you'd like to use a computer for personal reasons, please visit a public library in the area.