Library & Research Facilities


The general collections of the University Library are housed in the Walter Royal Davis Library. Among other research facilities, the Davis Library includes more than 900 open and closed carrels for assignment to graduate students. The University Librarycontains over five million bound volumes and some four million microforms, constituting one of the more important collections in the South.  (Become a "fan" of Davis Library!)

  • Special Collections are housed in the Louis Round Wilson Library. The North Carolina Collection contains more than three quarters of a million items relating to the state and its people, ranging in date from the sixteenth century to the present, and including books, pamphlets, maps, newspapers, serials, broadsides, microforms, documents, and recordings. Two of its special collections are the Sir Walter Raleigh Collection, relating to the courtier and the era of Elizabethan explorations, and the Thomas Wolfe Collection of manuscripts and published items by and about the University's well-known literary alumnus.
  • Documenting the American South, a premier digital publishing initiative that provides Internet access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture, is also located in Wilson. Currently DocSouth includes ten thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs. The University Library sponsors Documenting the American South, and the texts and materials come primarily from its southern holdings.
  • The Southern Historical Collection preserves the private papers -- letters, diaries, account books, broadsides, photographs, taped interviews, and video documentations -- of individuals, families, and organizations of the region. The Manuscripts Collection includes documents related to such notables as George Bernard Shaw, John Ruskin, and Washington Irving. While the Rare Book Collection comprise several special collections of more than 111,000 scarce books, pamphlets, and broadsides; 1,200 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and 16,000 graphic images which have had a significant role in transmitting knowledge and culture through the ages.
  • Material of particular interest to literary scholars include the Archibald Henderson Collection of George Bernard Shaw, the William A. Whitaker Collection of Samuel Johnson and His Circle, and an array of collections supporting the study of nineteenth-century British and American literature.

Graduate Students enrolled at Chapel Hill have direct borrowing privileges and stack access at Duke University and the other fifteen campuses of The University of North Carolina.  You can also get books and articles delivered, especially via the Triangle Research Libraries Network.