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High-quality publications on a variety of topics. 

  • How to find Federal
  • How to find North Carolina 
  • How to find Charlotte -Mecklenburg
  • How to find Maps
  • Search in the the library search system
    • Search by topic or government agency
    • Some are in print and others are online - print documents are shelved on the third floor.
    • Most maps are not in the catalog -- they can be browsed on the eighth floor.

  • Subjects covered include law, current and past legislation, education, crime, countries, human rights, history, health care and more.
  • Contain statistics including census data, demographic data, and economic data. 
  • We were established as a federal depository library in 1964 to serve the University and the citizens of North Carolina’s 12th congressional district.
  • The library owns many government documents printed before 1964, including some back to the 1800s.
  • We currently receive approximately 40% of materials published by the federal government.
  • Not all federal documents are listed in the library catalog.

  • Contain information on topics including education, health care, law and legislation, crime, agriculture, transportation and history.
  • We have been a full depository for state publications since the program began in October 1989.

  • Contain information about local history, neighborhoods, budgets, city planning, education, city council and county commission, and other topics.
  • We have collected local documents and publications since 1984. 
  • Included are documents from surrounding counties.

  • Our collection emphasizes North Carolina and the South, with political and road maps for every state.  We also have World maps and geologic maps.
  • Most maps are received through the U.S. depository from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Central Intelligence Agency.  A few maps such as city street maps and state road maps are purchased from independent map vendors.
  • The map collection is on the eighth floor, arranged geographically and by type of map.
  • Maps of the Charlotte area before 1960 are available on the 10th floor in Special Collections.