The North Carolina Collection is located at the Forsyth County Public Library’s Central Library in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The North Carolina Room began in 1975 and with the reopening of the Central Library we are now called the North Carolina Collection.

Because we house many rare and out-of-print resources, genealogical manuscripts, and microform materials, we are a non-circulating (building use only) research collection. Computers for online research on any topic related to the North Carolina Collection are available and may be reserved up to a day in advance. Computer scanners are also available to convert microfilm and photographic images into digital files. A staff member will always be available to assist you with your research.

Our collection focuses on local history, genealogy, local travel and culture, North Carolina biography, literature and folklore, and state and local government. In addition to our print collection we have archive and photograph collections.

The North Carolina Collection also contains the Forsyth County Public Library’s bound periodicals.

Rules for Using the North Carolina Collection resources:

  1. Visitors are required to sign the register each day at the door.
  2. Materials cannot be borrowed or removed for any purpose from the North Carolina Collection.
  3. The archives and photograph collections areas are closed to the public. Materials may be viewed by request.
  4. Food and drink is not allowed in the North Carolina Collection room. No exceptions.
  5. Notes must be taken with pencil only. Pencils are provided for those who need one.
  6. Tape recorders, laptops, tablets, and cameras are allowed provided they do not disturb others using the room.
  7. Cell phone calls must be taken in the lobby, not inside the room.

The North Carolina Collection staff provides special research services for the public.


  • Staff can assist with general genealogy questions and assist with locating resources for genealogy research.
  • Please call ahead for one-on-one genealogy assistance. Call 336-703-3070 to schedule an appointment.


  • Six research computers are available for genealogy, local and state history research, and government research. Computers may be reserved. General use computers are available in the Computer Lab on the first floor.


  • Two digital microfilm readers are available for viewing microfilm. Articles may be copied for printing, downloaded to a flash drive or CD, or emailed. Printing costs are 15 cents per page.
  • One book scanner is available for scanning documents and book images.

Copyright restrictions apply to images being copied from microfilm or print on the readers and the book scanner. Visit the U. S. Copyright Office’s online FAQs for more information on what is covered under copyright.

Forsyth County Public Library – Central Library

Hours of Operation:

Monday–Wednesday 9 am – 8 pm
Thursday – Friday 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday:  10 am – 5 pm
Sunday:  1 pm – 5 pm (between Labor Day and Memorial Day)

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