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Main Library - Carolina Room



Carolina Room Location:
Main Library, 3rd Floor
704.416.0150
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Hours of Operation: See Main Library Hours

Manager: Jane Johnson

The Charlotte - Mecklenburg Story
Website of the Robinson-Spangler North Carolina Room. Search our wealth of genealogical and historical information.

News from the Carolina Room
The Library's email newsletter for regional and family history.




Glass case The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, a department in the Main Library, houses historical information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina as well as genealogical and current information, especially resources focusing on the eastern part of the United States. The Library's special collections, including sound recordings related to North Carolina, photographs of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, archives and manuscripts, surname and biography files local and state government documents, public and private school publications and area maps are housed in the Carolina Room. Patrons will find a large collection of reference resources - both print and electronic - as well as these special features:

The Carolina Room's microfilm holdings include the Federal Census of Population for many states, early county records for Mecklenburg and other nearby counties, plus historical and current newspapers. Microfilm readers/printers are available, and staff are always here to help you get started.


Books on shelf Over 40,000 bound volumes are available to visitors, with most in open stacks for quick browsing. Everything from official Colonial and Civil War era records to indexes and abstracts of births, marriages, and deaths are available. Carolina Room materials are for reference use only and may not be checked out. You can access the Library Catalog via the World Wide Web. Look for materials by author, title or subject listed at the location "NCR" (North Carolina Room).

Open Book The Family Research Computer Center offers access to the Internet for local history and genealogy research. A sizable collection of genealogy resource CD-ROMs are available. Free access to Ancestry.com's Library Edition is available in the Computer Center.

Studying Patron Special collections include maps, photographs, manuscripts and a music archives. Professionally trained staff can assist you with these collections during all hours of operation.

Viewing Microfilm The Carolina Room regularly publishes materials and creates exhibits about the history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Electronic versions of projects are available for viewing as a part of The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Story, the Library's local history web site developed by Carolina Room staff.

The Carolina Room provides reference assistance, photocopying facilities, photographic reproduction services, and a genealogist file arranged by family names to researchers during all hours of operation.

If you are unable to visit the Carolina Room, staff can provide limited assistance with your research via telephone, email or postal mail. For more information, please review our Reference/Research Policy.


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