May 18, 2022

First Time: Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina Begins Allowing State Residents to Borrow Books

From the News and Observer:

For the first time in its 200-year history, the Government & Heritage Library at the State Library of North Carolina is issuing library cards to state residents and letting them take home books and other items from its extensive historical collection.

The new service began Sept. 1 after state librarians worked with the Office of Administrative Hearings for about a year to update the N.C. Administrative Code, which governs the library’s operations.


The borrowing privileges aren’t just for people who can visit the library, which is located on the mezzanine level of the State Archives Building on Jones Street in Raleigh (it will soon move to the first floor). The Government & Heritage Library recently joined a statewide sharing system called N.C. Cardinal, which is used by local libraries in 38 counties. Users of those libraries can search and request materials from the State Library through their local library’s catalog and have them sent to their home library.

[Our emphasis] The State Library’s resources aren’t well known. When the legislature recently debated a bill that mentioned the library, the lawmaker presenting the bill said he didn’t realize there was a state library.

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