Libraries All of our library-related programming is administered through the State Library of North Carolina. 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. Building on the Capacity of All North Carolina Libraries The Library Development section of the State Library works like the agricultural extension service for our state's public libraries, helping build and maintain services to libraries across the state and fostering best practices in the library community. It also administers the program of state aid to local libraries. Each consultant serves as a liaison to all types of libraries in specific counties, providing assistance with federal and other grant programs and offering expertise in different areas from youth services to management and technology. Through continuing education events, publications, surveys, and other activities, the State Library reaches citizens and visitors in all 100 counties. Popular programs include the Job Search Toolkit that helps librarians train to help patrons with job searches; the N.C. Center for the Book, which focuses public interest on books, reading, libraries and the literary heritage of the state; and Youth Services, which helps North Carolina’s youngsters better appreciate the world that is available at their library. Offering Library Services to State Government and the General Public Want to get started researching your family tree? Looking to delve into a topic related to North Carolina history or culture? Need special materials to help you read because of a visual or physical disability? Look no further than the two public-facing branches of the State Library. Though both physically located in Raleigh, the North Carolina Government and Heritage Library and Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped can help you wherever you are across the Tar Heel State.