Research at the NC Government and Heritage Library

Welcome National Genealogical Society conference attendees! We are excited to host family historians and genealogists at the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library (GHL), which is part of the State Library of North Carolina and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

We celebrate the study, understanding, and appreciation of North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. The GHL offers access to an extensive collection of published materials, including family histories; published abstracts; county, state, and federal records; and census data as well as county records housed in the State Archives of North Carolina. By offering in-person and remote research assistance, workshops, and other genealogy-related events, the GHL helps thousands of people conduct their family research each year.

The GHL is located on the mezzanine of the same building as the State Archives of North Carolina at 109 E. Jones Street, Raleigh, North Carolina. The Library will provide the same hours as the State Archives of North Carolina during the NGS 2017 Family History Conference.

Government and Heritage Library and State Archives Hours – 8 May through 13 May

    • Sunday, 7 May: Closed
    • Monday, 8 May: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, 9 May: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, 10 May: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Thursday, 11 May: 8:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
    • Friday, 12 May: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
    • Saturday, 13 May: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

We’re bringing a piece of the GHL to you! Don’t forget to visit the Government and Heritage Library’s Pop-up library at the NGS Exhibit Hall at the Raleigh Convention Center, booth 128. We will have a selection of genealogy and family history resources on hand. Stop by and check us out and speak with one of our reference librarians.

Prepare for Your Visit

To prepare for your trip to the Government and Heritage Library, please check out our website at http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov. Through the Library’s website you can learn more about our printed and digital collections, services, and search our online library catalog (http://ncgov.nccardinal.org). Be sure to check out our free online video tutorials on genealogy topics and tips for family research at http://bit.ly/GHLgenealogyvids.


You can schedule a free 30-minute consultation by calling or e-mailing the library. Our staff can help you with questions about genealogy research, North Carolina statistics and demographics, and legislative history. When you schedule your appointment, we will match you up with the best librarian for your research needs. Appointments are available in person, by phone, and through video chat on weekdays, with the exception of the week of 8-12 May.

Chat with a Librarian

Have a quick question? Need a bit of help with your research? The Government and Heritage Library now offers the option to chat with a librarian online. The service is generally available during our normal business hours of 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Access this service through our website.

Contact Info

North Carolina Government and Heritage Library


Contact us at 919-807-7450 or slnc.reference@ncdcr.gov

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Contributed by Rebecca Hyman, Educational Programs and Outreach Librarian, Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.