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The North Carolina Collection

Shelves of very old books on North Carolina topics

Located on the 3rd floor of Main Library:
300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, NC 27701


This week’s hours

Open by appointment only

The North Carolina Collection preserves and makes available materials related to the history of Durham city and county. The Collection also offers a wealth of materials for people interested in researching North Carolina-related topics.

You can contribute to the collection by donating Durham history-related materials. Contact staff for more information.

Did you know?

At the North Carolina Collection, you can:

  • Browse all issues of the Durham Herald Sun on microfilm
  • View old yearbooks from Durham schools
  • Build your family tree using genealogy resources

…and more.

More about the North Carolina Collection


Lauren Menges

Lauren Menges

Head of the North Carolina Collection


Lauren went to library school at the University of Pittsburgh and studied archives and special collections. She is a certified archivist and has worked in several university special collections libraries before coming to Durham County Library in 2017. Lauren loves hiking, camping, biking, and yoga, and she is a dedicated dog and cat mom.

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Barbara in front of a tree, holding up the Stokes Field Guide to Birds

Barbara Ilie

North Carolina Collection Librarian


Barbara graduated from library school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library in public services and on the North Carolina Historic Newspapers project before joining Durham County Library. Barbara enjoys container gardening, entertaining, Nordic noir, and volunteering with the Horse and Buddy Therapeutic Riding Program. She lives with her husband, son, and green-cheeked conure. She travels regularly with her family to Romania and delights in discovering this beautiful and intriguing country.

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Stephanie Barnwell

North Carolina Collection Relief Librarian


Stephanie came to love libraries and archives way back in middle school through projects for National History Day. Since then, she has earned degrees in library science and public history and worked with archival collections and digital humanities projects at academic libraries across the Triangle before landing at Durham County Library. Outside of work, she volunteers with the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and the Triangle Weavers Guild. Stephanie lives near downtown with her husband, twin daughters, and two hounds. She enjoys sewing, weaving, good books, and good food. She also loves to travel; recent favorites include Iceland and Spain, but she also has a soft spot for the mountains of NC.

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