Opened in 1975, the North Carolina Room is a special collection within the Central Library of Forsyth County Public Library. Our department focuses on local history, genealogy, local travel and culture, biography, literature and folklore, as well as state and local government. Our collection includes the Photograph Collection, microfilm and microfiche, as well as a map collection.

Please use the following links to find out more information:

  • Local History

    The North Carolina Collection is made up largely of materials about North Carolina or by North Carolinians. These materials are considered rare and special, so they have to be used in the building. None of these items can be checked out.

  • Genealogy

    Our collection contains over 3000 volumes of abstracted records and family histories. We have census records for Virginia and North and South Carolina from 1790-1930, North Carolina county records from 1740-1868, historical newspapers and more on microfilm. The Library also subscribes to genealogical online resources such as Heritage Quest and Ancestry Library Edition, which include U.S. Census, military, land, vital, and immigration records. Many excellent genealogical resources are now found online, as explored on our Online Resources page.

  • Photograph Collection

    The Photograph Collection of the Forsyth County Public Library consists of five collections of historical photographs. The collections are those of Frank B. Jones, Jim Keith, Bill East, Bill Ray and Coppedge Studios. Photos from the collection can be viewed on DigitalForsyth.

  • Law and Government

    Online law and government resources, including state statutes, county and city code, building codes, and legal forms can be found on the North Carolina Room’s site.