​Olivia Raney Local History Library closed for renovations on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019.


The Olivia Raney Local History Library is located in Raleigh at the Wake County Office Park. It opened at this location in 1995. The original Olivia Raney Library opened in 1901 in downtown Raleigh and was the city's first public library. It was a gift to the people by Richard Beverly Raney, a successful businessman, in loving memory of his then recently departed wife. The library remained open until 1962 and was later demolished. The library reopened at a different downtown location on Fayetteville Street a year later until closing in 1985.

The renovation project will address many aging building systems of the facility including interior finishes, lighting and heating/air. The renovated spaces will have a fresh look and bring added efficiencies to the facility for the coming years.


Can I still access Family Search while Olivia Raney Local History Library is closed?

Yes, Cameron Village Regional Library will serve as the affiliate location to access Family Search while the library is closed for renovation.

What will happen to the programs regularly offered at Olivia Raney Local History Library?

While the library is closed, we've moved the following programs to Cameron Village Regional Library.
Where can I learn more about local history and genealogy while Olivia Raney Local History Library is closed?

You may access our Find It! Information Guide for great local history and genealogy resources. 


Parking: Existing
Building Area: ​7,845 SF
Collection Size: ​Special Collections – Local History and Genealogy
Projected Circulation: ​Non-circulating library holdings
Programs Offered: Local History and Genealogy
Architect: Huffman Architects, PA
Contractor: HM Kern
Construction Budget: ​$600,000
Projected Reopening: ​The Olivia Raney Local History Library will open as a part of the library system's phased re-opening after COVID-19. The opening date is to be determined.
Current Phase: Construction

 Olivia Raney Renovation Project

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