This web site celebrates the 200th anniversary of the State Library of North Carolina. Explore the State Library’s impact on North Carolina by looking at historical photographs, reading old newspaper articles, and examining state publications from brochures to library commission reports.
The State Library has always been central to the workings of the state. Within a generation of the seat of government moving to Raleigh, state officials had recognized the need for a centralized and properly administered collection of legal texts, state publications, and Congressional documents, and appointed the Secretary of State as the guardian of these records. When the original Capitol, which included a library of nearly 1000 volumes, burned in 1831, plans for the new building included space for a re-constituted State Library. A full time librarian was appointed soon after the new Capitol opened, thus cementing the Library’s status as a vital part of state government.
Read more about the history of the State Library.
We’ve added lots of great material about the State Library of North Carolina to our digital collections. These are just a few of the objects:
- Catalog from 1874
- Program for the new building dedication
- Newspaper articles about library programs, state librarians, and the library’s many homes
- An address by R.D.W. Connor from 1906 discussing the need for a permanent home for the State Library and Archives
- Photographs of past employees
- Or, browse all.