Research at the Kegley Library

Any researcher may use the Kegley Library. Please call George Mattis for a research appointment at (276) 223-4744 or

The reading room of the Kegley Library contains open stacks of books and family and subject files. Researchers are free to browse materials; however we ask that you do not re-shelve items. Many materials are housed in a separate vault room and will be retrieved by staff members for researchers. Please note that most items do not circulate and must be used in the Kegley Library reading room.

Although staff will offer basic guidance and suggestions, we will not perform research. A list of qualified genealogical and historical researchers is available upon request.

Most items are available for photo-copying; however some fragile items, particularly manuscripts and newspapers, may not be copied. Laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras and portable scanners may be used upon approval by staff members.

Use of manuscript, oral history, and photograph collections require additional regulations and guidelines.

Microfilm of newspapers, census records, court records, and vital statistic records are located in the audio-visual area adjacent to the Kegley Library. Currently we have two reader-printers for use by researchers.

For additional information on our collections please see the Collections page or contact George Mattis at