Closings and Outages, Collections and Resources, Special Collections

Wilson Library Sprinkler Project Nearing Completion

All collection materials now accessible

All levels of Wilson Library have re-opened following a year-long project to install sprinklers in the special collections stacks. The project, which began last April, had limited access to some special collections materials.

Although installation work will continue for several weeks, the Library has returned all special collections materials to regular stack locations and has removed protective plastic layers. Users may request Wilson Library materials through the standard registration and request process.

Funding to install the sprinklers came through a grant from the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections program of the National Endowment for the Humanities and by previous state appropriations to the University for repairs and renovations.

The sprinklers provide long-needed fire suppression capabilities for the rare, unique, and largely irreplaceable research materials housed in one of UNC’s landmark buildings.

Users  with questions about locating and requesting special collections materials should contact Wilson Library: (919) 962-3765,


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