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New! Legal Assistance Resources

We've recently revamped the Legal Aid Resources page at our website - check it out here.  Any questions…  give us a call at 919-733-9390.


Looking for 2017-2018 Legislative Session Statistics?
The Library has compiled a chart beginning with the 1965 session through 2018 that shows convening and adjournment dates, bill introductions, ratifications, and session length statistics for all regular and extra sessions.

Since the 2018 NCGA session has not adjourned sine die yet, some of the chart totals are not final.  There will be at least one more 2018 reconvened session on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  See HB 1101 - Adjourn 2018 Session to November for more info.

You can find this chart at our Library’s Research page under Historical Resources or click here.  Any questions…  give us a call at 919-733-9390.
New Library Guide Available! Writing and Communication Skills
Want to improve your writing?  We have resources to help you. Check out our new Writing and Communication Skills Guide.

Have a question? Need legislative research help?  That’s why we’re here!  Give us a call at 733-9390.

Great News!!
NC General Statutes have been updated with the 2017 changes!! http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/Statutes.asp

Why Are You Here? A Primer for State Legislators and Citizens


Why Are You Here?  A Primer for State Legislators and Citizens

By Franklin L. Kury

This handbook challenges state legislators and their constituents to critically examine their state legislature and take appropriate action to improve it.  The author describes the work and nature of legislatures and the role of their members as agents of their districts. Acknowledging that many legislatures have fallen in public esteem, Kury provides an analytical discussion for evaluating how any legislature deals with major issues:  private benefits versus public service, compensation, the rise of the full-time legislature, campaign contributions, lobbying, reapportionment of legislative and Congressional districts, scandal and ethical questions.


2018 Bills Eligible List!

Bills Eligible for Consideration During the 2018 Session is now available.  It includes a list of bills that made the April 27, 2017 crossover deadline.  This is the date by which most bills must pass from one chamber to the other chamber to be eligible for consideration for the remainder of the regular session.


Any questions about the List? Please don't hesitate to come by, email or give us a call at 733-9390.  We’re here to help you!


New in the Library! North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050



North Carolina Beyond the Connected Age: The Tar Heel State in 2050

By Michael L. Walden

For years, North Carolina has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing states, bringing tremendous change to the state’s people, industries, jobs, places, environment, and government. Much of this change resulted from the information and technology revolution, which connected the state more fully to the country and the world. But we are now moving beyond the connected age, argues Michael L. Walden, to a new era of living, production, and work, and North Carolina faces not only unanswered questions about the past but also new challenges and opportunities visible on the horizon. What will these new transformations mean for the state’s people, places, and prosperity?

In this book, Walden lays out these looming economic issues and offers predictions of future trends as well as multiple policy options for taxation, infrastructure, and environmental issues. While the future cannot be perfectly predicted, Walden’s expert analysis is mandatory reading for policy makers, business leaders, and everyday people seeking to prepare for upcoming changes in North Carolina’s economy.”    -
UNC Press

Curious about the Different Types of NCGA Sessions?

Check out this informative blog entry about extra, special, veto, and reconvened legislative sessions from the UNC School of Government Coates’ Canons Blog.

Library Holiday Hours!

We’ll be closed for the holidays on Monday, December 25th - Wednesday, December 27th and again on Monday, January 1st.  Any questions… please call 919-733-9390 for more information.

Happy New Year from the NC Legislative Library!
Happy Birthday, NC Museum of History! Going Strong at 115!




On December 5, 1902, the North Carolina Museum of History was born when Frederick Augustus Olds’s private collection of artifacts merged with the State Museum’s collection and opened to the public as the Hall of History. Over our 115-year history, the museum has grown and evolved—not just with a new name and location, but also with celebrated exhibits, educational tools, digital collections, a Smithsonian affiliation, and more.

The North Carolina Museum of History has come a long way since 1902!    Here’s a quick look at the museum today, by the numbers: 
  • 55,000 square feet of exhibit space on two floors
  • 50,000+ artifacts (including stone tools dating from 12,000 BCE; weaponry and uniforms from the Civil War and Word War I; a sword recovered from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge; and the complete Cumberland County workshop of gun inventor David Marshall “Carbine” Williams)
  • 14,000+ years of history covered in the museum’s signature exhibit, The Story of North Carolina
  • 11 current exhibits, including six permanent exhibits
  • 200,000+ visitors to North Carolina and World War I, our most-visited exhibit of record (exhibit opened April 2017)
  • 415,000+ museum attendees in 2016; nearly 360,000 (including 99,000+ students) so far in 2017
  • 8,000+ visitors attended the African American Cultural Celebration, breaking the record for 2016
  • 13,000 students in 60 counties engaged through live stream educational programs

Click here to read more about the history of the museum.  
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