UNC-Chapel Hill is the oldest public university in the United States. Come explore some of its old libraries!
UNC-Chapel Hill was given a state charter by North Carolina in 1793, so it has plenty of history. The university even existed for some time before that, so we have quite a few old buildings on campus. When I was young, I used to spend a lot of time looking at all of the different kinds and styles of buildings we have on campus, which were all built at different times. At UNC-CH, we have around 40 different libraries. Some are small and devoted to one topic, like the Age, Marina Sciences, and Law libraries, and some are much larger. The three largest libraries on campus are Louis Round Wilson Library, Davis Library, and the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library.
Wilson Library is the special collections library for the campus and was built in 1929. It was originally built to replace the older Carnegie Library, which is now Hill Hall. Wilson Library acted as the general library for the university from 1929 until around 1987 when they renovated it to house the university’s old and rare books. If you need something special for a research project, you should go here.
The Robert B. House Undergraduate Library is the place for tech heads like myself. It opened in 1968 with the purpose of serving undergraduate students. It was renovated in 2001 and they added a lot of the technology-related sections. It houses the Media Resources Desk, UNC IT, a fairly large book collection, and the most important to me, the Design Lab where I scan all of my negatives.
David Library, the main student library, was named after Walter Royal Davis, an oil tycoon from Elizabeth City, North Carolina, who donated the majority of the money for the project to build the library. It was built with graduate students in mind, but it also contains the most books in its 8 floors and is the library I use most. It was built while Wilson Library was being renovated, so it is the youngest of the libraries, but is also the tallest and most visible building on campus.