Wilson Library Reading Room Changes and Closures

UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library is undergoing changes that will affect the rooms in which material from the various collections are used and procedures for accessing the items. See below for more details.

Friday, March 4th, 2011: The 4th floor Reading Room (formerly where Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives items were accessed) will close permanently as a Special Collections reading room; it will be opened again on Monday, March 14th, 2011 as a Special Collections classroom.

Saturday and Sunday, March 5th-6th, 2011
Monday, March 7th, 2011, through Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Saturday and Sunday, March 12th-13th, 2011:
All researchers will use the 2nd floor Special Collections Reading Room for access to materials in the North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives.

Friday, March 11th, 2011: The Special Collections Reading Room will be closed for the day and there will be no access to Special Collections materials for this one day only.

Changes in Special Collections (2nd floor) Reading Room Policies:
As part of our efforts to provide more effective, centralized reference and research services for faculty, students, and other visitors seeking to use UNC Chapel Hill’s rich special collections and digital resources, we have implemented the following policies for the use of the Special Collections Reading Room:

• Access to the 2nd floor Reading Room will be limited to those seeking reference assistance with or using material from UNC Chapel Hill’s special collections and digital resources.
• The Grand Reading Room on the 3rd floor will continue to be available during the academic term for those seeking a quiet place to study.
• All visitors to the Reading Room must fill out a one-time registration form and present valid photo identification.
• Laptops, silenced cell phones, and digital cameras may be brought into the Reading Room; all other personal items, including cases for the above, must be secured in a locker at the Reading Room entrance.
• Paper and pencils are provided in the Reading Room for note taking if needed.
• Other personal research materials may be brought in, if relevant to the work you are doing in the Reading Room, pending consultation with a staff member.
• Circulating North Carolina Collection books and pamphlets may be borrowed by those with valid UNC Chapel Hill borrowing privileges at the service counter without registering and entering the Reading Room area.
• Paging slips are required to access all special collections materials except the reference items housed in the Reading Room.
• The closely monitored area at the far end of the Reading Room is reserved for the use of collection materials requiring staff supervision.

Access to all collections and staff will not be affected during this transition. Please ask any Special Collections staff member if you have questions or concerns, or e-mail Bill Landis, Head of Special Collections Research & Instructional Services, at blandis@unc.edu.

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