SECOND FLOOR OF GOVERNMENT CENTER - The North Carolina Room is a special collection of the Forsyth County Public Library. Our department focuses on local and state history, genealogy, culture, biography, travel, literature and folklore, as well as federal, state and local government information. Our collection includes the Photograph Collection, microfilm and microfiche, as well as a map collection.
Because we house many rare and out-of-print resources, genealogical manuscripts, and microform materials, we are a non-circulating (building use only) research collection. Computers for online research on any topic related to the North Carolina Room are available and may be reserved up to a day in advance. Computer scanners are also available to convert microfilm and photographic images into digital files. A staff member will always be available to assist you with your research.
The Newspaper Index allows users to search for articles in five local newspapers, Winston-Salem Journal, The Sentinel, Union Republican, Winston-Salem Chronicle and Clemmons Journal. The database was created as a project by library staff in the 1990s to index newspaper articles by assigning them subject headings. The project began in 1992 and ended in 1999 but library staff also entered citations for articles from newspapers back to the early part of the 1900s. Many of the citations were transcribed from cards that indexed newspapers beginning in 1976.
When searching the index keep in mind:
The North Carolina Room has a large collection of Vertical Files organized by subject headings that contain many clippings from local newspapers as well as other materials.
The North Carolina Room has microfilmed copies of local newspapers and some national newspapers going back, in some cases, over a century and they can be browsed anytime the library is open.
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. Photographs in the collections date from the end of the 19th century to current day and feature images of local buildings, homes, street scenes, people, and city events. Many of the photographs were taken for use in the local newspapers, and others are professional portraits.
Access to this restricted collection is through appointment, although many of the photographs from the collections can be viewed on the website www.digitalforsyth.org. The Digital Forsyth website is also accessible from a link on the library’s website.
Questions about these and other photographs in the collection can be directed to Molly Rawls, Photograph Collection Librarian, at (336) 703-3072 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Permission must be obtained from the Photograph Collection Librarian to use the photographs in any form.
Forsyth County Public Library is a part of the Federal Depository Library Program. To find out more about the program and to access federal documents, go to www.gpoaccess.gov. Our Library is also a depository of the North Carolina State Publications Clearinghouse. As a result the library is an ideal place to locate federal and state government information. Almost all printed and microfiche documents are located on the ground floor in the NC Room. Also in the NC Room are county and city ordinances and some legal resources such as Supreme Court decisions. The NC Room also has research computers dedicated to locating government information. Computer scanners are also available to convert microfilm, photographs, text, videotape, cassettes and slides into digital files. Thanks,
Direct online access to the basic Federal Government documents that define our democratic society.
Permanent laws of the United States.
General and permanent rules by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
Record of the proceedings of each legislative day in the House.
Official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations.
Official record of the proceedings and debates of the United States Congress.
Official handbook of the Federal Government.
Official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials.
The North Carolina Room is the place for finding information about local and state laws. Much of what you are looking for can be found through the links below. Physically located within the department are the print versions of North Carolina General Statutes, Forsyth County Code, and Winston-Salem City Codes. You can use these works to find information about landlord/lease laws, noise ordinances, and much more!
Also located in the N.C. Room are the Building Codes. Here you can find out what is legal and illegal when building or remodeling your home. It's a great source to check before you tear down that wall or want to see if your contractor is following the codes.
Feel free to stop by or give us a call at (336) 703-3070.