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Registering to Use Special Collections Material

All archival materials and most North Carolina Collection materials may only be used in our secure reading room. To access Wilson Library’s collections, all researchers must register and create a research account.

To begin the registration process, please sign in with your UNC Onyen at the following link: 

The first time you visit Wilson Library after completing your online pre-registration and creating a Request System account, you will need to complete the registration process by showing a staff member a government issued photo ID containing (1) your name, (2) your date of birth, and (3) an expiration date, and having your picture taken with our digital camera for inclusion in our database.

Requesting Materials for Use

If you are coming to our secure reading rooms to view a book or other item described in the online catalog, select the request button on the right hand-side of the catalog record. Library staff will retrieve the requested materials for you to view once you have arrived on site. If you have not yet created a researcher account, selecting this button will prompt you to create one.

Similarly, if you are coming to view material described in an online finding aid, select the request button towards the upper left-hand corner of the finding aid.

Once you have selected the request button, you will be directed to our Request System’s Sign On Page. If you have not already registered, select your affiliation and continue with the registration process. If you have already registered, sign in to your account using your Onyen, NetID, or username and password.

After you have signed in, you will be presented with a page containing information about your request. In those instances when you are interested in viewing only a portion of a collection or a specific volume from a series, you will need to narrow your request:

  • For archival materials:

  • For monographs and serials:

To finalize your request, you need to schedule a date and submit your request:

The materials that you have requested can be viewed in Wilson Library’s secure reading rooms.

  • The North Carolina Collection, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, and Rare Book Collection are available in our second floor reading room.
  • The Southern Historical Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, University Archives, and Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers are available in our fourth floor reading room.

If you have any questions or concerns about the materials you have requested, please email our research staff at

About Special Collections

The Wilson Special Collections Library is home to the University of North Carolina's North Carolina Collection, Rare Book Collection, Southern Folklife Collection, Southern Historical Collection, and University Archives and Records Management Services. The five special collections hold unique and rare books, organizational records, personal and family papers, photographs, moving images, sound recordings, and artifacts that document the history and culture of the University, the state, the region, the nation, and the world. The Wilson Library is open to the public.

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