Timothy OwensState Librarian

Timothy Owens was appointed State Librarian in January 2019. He oversees the state’s Government and Heritage Library and the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. 

The principal library of state government since 1812, the State Library builds the capacity of all libraries in North Carolina and develops and supports access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy, North Carolina culture and heritage and resources for the blind and physically handicapped. 

A native of Harbinger, N.C., Owens began his library career at Neuse Regional Library in Kinston, followed by service at Perkins Library at Duke University and in Library Development at the State Library of North Carolina. He has served as President of the Association for Rural & Small Libraries. Owens served as a senior program officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C., before returning to North Carolina to become Assistant State Librarian in 2017.  

He earned his Master of Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill and holds a master’s degree in music from Meredith College.