Genealogy and the social history, cultures, and family history of Tennessee and its counties is the focus of the WTHSC. The collection includes books (but also serials) on all Tennessee counties with in-depth material on Northwest Tennessee (Weakley, Obion, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Henry, Carroll and Benton counties), and survey collections on North Carolina, Virginia, and Kentucky. The collection includes books of general genealogical significance, including reference works for research in other U.S. states or countries, genealogical helps, and other topics relating to family history. The microfilm collection includes local newspapers, regional county records, and federal censuses for Tennessee 1780–1930. Guides to the film collection are available on the WHTSC site. This reading area is accessible any time the Paul Meek Library is open for business. Users are asked to check in and out with a piece of identification, lock up bags and purses, and use only pencils and computers for notes.