Posted by: Government & Heritage Library | November 23, 2009


Welcome to the Government & Heritage Library’s first blog!! Seeing how this is the first entry of the blog it seems only appropriate to describe who we are and what the Government & Heritage Library is.

The Government and Heritage Library’s 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 purpose of the Government & Heritage Library is to facilitate public access to and use of North Carolina state government and heritage information.  The Library also assists state employee’s access to and use of information and resources that support the business needs of state government.  Additionally the library provides library support services and resource collections to support resource sharing and professional staff development in libraries serving local North Carolina communities.

The Government & Heritage Library is one of two libraries that are part of the State Library of North Carolina. With its focus on North Carolina past and present, state government and genealogy resources, the newly named Government and Heritage Library comprises the services that have always been available to users of the State Library’s physical and electronic collections. The library is composed of six branches each with a unique mission:

  • Acquisitions/Library Systems Branch- Acquires library materials for the State Library’s collections and manages the Library’s integrated library system (Voyager).
  • Cataloging & Metadata Services Branch- Catalogs, and processes library materials for the State Library’s collections; coordinates the N.C. Online Union List of Serials which inputs summary holdings information for newspapers, magazines, and other serial publications owned by all types of libraries in North Carolina into the OCLC database; participated in the N.C. Newspaper Project by locating and inventorying newspapers, preparing issues for microfilming, cataloging newspaper titles, and recording issue location information in the OCLC database.
  • Collections Management Branch- Manages and maintains the State Library’s print, microform, and video resources.
  • Digital Information Management Program (DIMP)- Develops and implements policies, standards, and practices that support digital library collections and preservation of digital information produced by state government. DIMP also manages the production, management, preservation, and access to the State Library’s digital library collections, including the Access to State Government Information Initiative, an effort focused on providing continued access to state government information in all formats, including born digital resources.
  • Government Documents Branch- Administers the North Carolina State Depository System and operates the N.C. State Publications Clearinghouse which receives, catalogs, and distributes state government publications to depository libraries in the state. Administers the federal depository program to receive and process federal government publications for the State Library’s collection.
  • Information Services Branch- Provides a comprehensive program of reference service for state and local government agencies, businesses, other libraries, and the general public; direct circulation services to state employees; research assistance and training for electronic census products as a participant in the State Data Center program; access to federal documents, state documents, genealogical materials, periodicals, newspapers, and maps; and provides interlibrary loan services to libraries across the state.

The library is open to the public, however, only North Carolina State employees can check out books. Reference librarians with expertise in demogrphics and statistical data; historical, legal, and genealogical research; and general reference services are available.  Assistance is available at the library or by telephone, email, or fax.

Phone: 919-807-7450


Fax: 919-733-5679

Locations and Hours

109 East Jones Street

Raleigh, NC

Main Reserach Room

First Floor West

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-5pm

Phone: 919-807-7460

Fax: 919-733-1843

Genealogical Services

Mezzanine Floor

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30-5pm

Saturdays: 9-5pm

Phone: 919-807-7460

Fax: 919-733-1843

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