North Carolina State Archives Search Room Expands Hours

The following statement was shared by the State Archives and is effective as of October 11, 2021.

“Due to the transition of more Archives staff working onsite, the State Archives Search Room is revising the operations implemented on May 24, 2021, and August 13, 2021.

  • Search room hours will expand to Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please contact us if your research requires time outside of our public hours. To contact us please call 919-814-6840 or email us at archives@ncdcr.gov.
  • The main entrance will remain locked however a State Capital Police Guard will let you inside the building. If a guard is not available to let you in, please call us and we can send someone to let you inside.
  • In accordance to Executive Order (EO) 224, staff are required to wear a face mask while working in public spaces. Visitors are also required to wear a face mask inside all departmental facilities.
  • Plexiglass barriers and hand sanitizers will remain in public spaces.
  • Starting Nov. 8, 2021, Search Room hours will be Tuesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (closed Sunday and Monday). Also note the Search Room will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11 for Veteran’s Day.

Preparation for Your Visit

At this time fewer reference staff will be available in the State Archives Search Room. Visitors can take preliminary steps to manage their time in the archives.

  • Search the Archive’s catalog to identify materials you would like to see before you visit.
  • Visit the North Carolina Digital Collections to explore our digital resources.
  • Email us at archives@ncdcr.gov if you have any questions about our holdings or reference services. If you have specific items you would like to review, email us the citations along with the date of your appointment and we can pull the items in advance or provide the items remotely through our Correspondence Unit.
  • If you are interested in conducting genealogy research or looking for general information on state agencies, you might find resources through the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library. Contact them at slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov or 919-814-6790 with your question.
  • In addition to the aforementioned regulations, we ask that you consider these other suggestions during our limited operation.
    • Bring your own laptop computer or electronic device. We have wi-fi access for those needing online services. If necessary, reference staff can provide limited online services in the Search Room.
    • Bring your own pencil; pens are not allowed in the Search Room. If you did not bring a permitted writing device, we can provide a golf pencil that you can keep or discard after use.
    • Bring your own camera/phone. We will still provide copies for a nominal fee. However, to avoid touching shared material, we encourage you to bring a camera or smartphone to photograph records.
    • Pack lightly. We will still issue lockers for any personal items prohibited in the Search Room, but please try to leave items at home or in your vehicle.
    • If you are visiting us for the first time, please review our Search Room policies.”