Beginning Dec. 1, the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, located on the third floor of Main Library, will offer new hours, including virtual hours, to assist guests with locating historical records, researching ancestry and more.
These new hours will be:
Monday Virtual Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. , (Skype/phone appointments or online information request forms sent to firstname.lastname@example.org are all accepted)
Tuesday through Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room houses historical and current information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. It also houses the largest collection of genealogical materials in a North Carolina public library with resources from all 50 states in print and online.
Here’s an overview of the Carolina Room’s services and collections.
Speakers Bureau - Carolina Room staff are available to give talks on local history and genealogy.
While Carolina Room materials are for reference use only and may not be checked out, guests can find them in the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s catalog by searching for materials using the location "NCR" (North Carolina Room). Our special collections include the following:
Image Collection – Includes photographs and postcards of people, buildings and historic scenes. The Carolina Room also houses most of the Charlotte Observer negatives from 1956 to 2000.
School Publications – Yearbooks from Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools.
Family Research Computer Center – Offers free access to the Ancestry.com Library Edition access and other websites useful for local history and genealogy research.
Music Archive – The Carolina Room has one of the largest collections of local music in North Carolina. Recordings may not be duplicated and listening sessions are by appointment and for research purposes only.
Maps – Offers a variety of historic and modern maps for the region and the Carolinas.
Vertical Files - May contain newspaper clippings, annual reports, brochures, maps and other materials related to Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Carolinas.
Microfilm – Includes county records for Mecklenburg and all other North Carolina counties. Microfilm scanner/readers are available to display and make digital or paper copies of pages from the microfilm.
Government Documents & Statistics- We provide a partial depository for documents produced by North Carolina government agencies. Most items are on microfiche, and some are available online through the Library’s catalog. For guests seeking tax valuations of Mecklenburg County property from before 1990, the Carolina Room has the years 1981 and 1984 to 1989 on microfiche.