All libraries in the Appalachian Regional Library system, except for the Western Watauga Branch Library, are currently open to the public. Masks are required to enter, and building capacities and length of visits will be reduced for the time being.
Genealogy & Local History
The Wilkes Genealogical Society, Inc. maintains a collection of materials to enable users to study local and family history. The society's collection of books, periodicals, microfilm, CDs and other related material is proud to be housed in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Wilkes County Public Library.
The Wilkes Genealogical Society produces four bulletins per year for members and other organizations that also share family research information. Beginning in 2016, the new e-bulletins are available online. Members with email receive the e-bulletin electronically. Members without email can opt for a printed version mailed to their designated address.
To learn more about WGS, the collection, and opportunities to become a member and purchase heritage books and other valuable research, view an e-bulletin below or visit http://www.wilkesgensoc.net/.
The Genealogy Room is not staffed on a regular basis. We encourage you to call the library to verify hours and arrange for a volunteer to offer assistance prior to any travel.
Both the Ashe County Library and Watauga County Library have extensive genealogy resources available. To learn more about resources in Ashe County click here. If you'd like to learn more about Watauga County's resources, click here.
Begin building your family tree through the library's subscription to AncestryLibrary. You must be in the building to access this resource.
If you're working on genealogy research from home, you can access resources available through HeratigeQuest any time with your library card.
We also offer a variety of classes. Whether you're beginning or interested in indexing we can help. Call the reference desk for more information.
Books and Beans
Located next to our Local History Room is the Books and Beans coffee station, which offers a variety of hot and cold beverages, snacks, and a microwave. Hot drinks may be purchased for $1.25 ($1.00 if you have your own cup with a lid) and cold beverages are available for $1.00. Prices for snacks vary.