Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room

The Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, a department in the Main Library, houses historical and current information on Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and North Carolina. It contains genealogical resources from all fifty states in print and online, the largest collection of genealogical materials in a North Carolina public library! This video will introduce you to some of the staff and resources in the Carolina Room.

The CMStory.org website draws from Carolina Room materials to make exhibits about local history and genealogy.

Carolina Room Collections & Services

Carolina Room materials are for reference use only and may not be checked out. You can find them in the Library Catalog by searching for materials using the location "NCR" (North Carolina Room). Our special collections include the following:

  • Image Collection – photographs and postcards of people, buildings and historic scenes. We also house most of the Charlotte Observer negatives from 1956-2000.
  • School Publications – Yearbooks from Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Older yearbooks are also available online at DigitalNC.org.
  •  Family Research Computer Center – offers free access to Ancestry.com's Library Edition access and other websites useful for local history and genealogy research.  A sizable collection of genealogy resource CD-ROMs is also available. 
  • Manuscript Collection – includes family, business and non-profit records and documents.
  • Music Archive – We have one of the largest collections of local music in North Carolina. From gospel to country, bluegrass to folk, rock to hip-hop, the music of the Carolinas can be discovered in the Carolina Room. 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 small, ephemeral materials related to Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and the Carolinas.
  • Microfilm –  includes county records for Mecklenburg and all other North Carolina counties as well as historic and current newspapers. 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 government agencies. Most items are on microfiche, and some are available online through the Library’s catalog.

View the Reference and Research Policy for more information. 

Visit the CMStory.org Website

Visit the Carolina Room

Manager: Jane Johnson

Location: 3rd Floor
(704) 416-0150

Hours of Operation

Monday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Upcoming History and Genealogy Programs

World War I: The Forgotten War

Friday, February 2, 2018
As the country celebrates the 100 year anniversary of World War I, the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room partners with The Charlotte Museum of History and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to bring you a series of FREE lectures about the “w