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Evening Hours: Library & Archives Open until 8:00 pm on October 27, 2017

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Extended hours: Friday, October 27, 2017. Open until 8pm. State Archives of North Carolina and Government and Heritage Library, 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh.

The Government & Heritage Library and State Archives of North Carolina will have evening research hours on Friday, October 27, 2017. Both repositories will stay open until 8:00 pm. Spend your Friday night with us doing North Carolina and family history research.  If you are in town for the the North Carolina Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference  please stop by! Everyone is welcomed!

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State Doc Pick of the Week : NC State Engineering

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NC State engineeringNC State engineering is the biannual magazine of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. In the Spring/Summer 2013 issue, readers get a glimpse into one of the most technologically advanced libraries in the country- the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The new library on Centennial Campus opened in the spring of 2013, and it was an exciting time for engineering students. The library contains nearly 100 study-group rooms, a robotic book retrieval system (bookBot ), and technology spaces featuring HD walls for video-game design, 3-D printers, laser cutters, and more.  The Hunt Library is the only academic library in the U.S. controlled by a super computer. While students’ needs were at the forefront of the design, the environment did not take a backseat in the construction of this library either.  The environmentally friendly features of the library include a rain garden (if you are unfamiliar with rain gardens, check out this past post), solar panels, and an innovative air conditioning system. Along with the article on the Hunt Library, this issue of NC State engineering contains research accomplishments including “A better way to predict hurricanes,” “’Nanoflowers’ blossom for energy storage,” and “Solving the bot problem in online games.”

This publication can be downloaded, printed, saved, and viewed by clicking here.

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Picture of the Week: Celebrating the 200th Birthday of the State Library of North Carolina

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State Library of North Carolina staff member looks through the card catalog from the State Library Bicentennial Digital Collection. View the image here:,1993

 This week’s picture of the week is from the State Library Bicentennial Digital Collection ( This year we are celebrating the 200th birthday of the State Library of North Carolina.

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.

Do you recognize what the women in the photograph is looking through? Some of you might remember from back in the “olden days.”  The traditional card catalog might have gone away in many libraries but you can still  search your library’s holdings through their online catalog. 

Did you know that you search the online catalog of the Government and Heritage Library anywhere?



2nd Saturdays: Tour of Old State Library – July 14th

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The State Library of North Carolina is  now celebrating its 200th anniversary, started off as a small collection held in the State House, and later the State Capitol.

Join staff from the Capitol and State Library for special tours of the recreated library on the third floor of the Capitol and see an exhibit of rare books from the library’s earliest days.  1-4 p.m., with tours at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. For more information please go to:

Program details:

Date: Saturday July 14th

Time:1-4p.m., tours at 1p.m., 1:30p.m., 2:30p.m. and 3 p.m.

Location: State Capitol – One East Edenton Street, Raleigh, N.C., 27601.

More about 2nd Saturdays                                

2nd Saturdays will bring together North Carolina arts, history, and culture at all 37 of the Department of Cultural Resources’ museums and Historic Sites on June 9, July 14 and August 11, 2012. For more information, visit

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