The North Carolina Room at Pack Library has won the 2013 award for Collection Preservation Excellence from the North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC). The award was presented in a ceremony at the William Friday Center in Chapel Hill on November 1. The NCPC cited the NC Room for a strong commitment to preserving local history in Buncombe County. According to Library Director Ed Sheary, “The North Carolina Room is tangible evidence of the significance that this public library attaches to the collection and preservation of the history of the community it serves.”
The North Carolina Room at Pack Library houses a fully cataloged collection of materials reflecting history, literature and life in Western North Carolina. Within the collection there is a particular emphasis on material relating to Asheville and Buncombe County. In addition to a wide variety of books on WNC, the North Carolina Room also includes photographs, historic documents, genealogies, maps and microfilm of local newspapers going back to the 1800s. Over 15,000 images from the collection are available in their online database at buncombecounty.org/library.
The NC Room is open Tuesday through Saturday at Pack Library. For more information on how to use the resources of the NC room or to use their online databases, please visit buncombecounty.org/library or call 250-4740.