I have been to the NC archives a few times to do research but I am also too far away to get there very often. So I bought a used microfilm reader and ordered microfilm from the NC archives. Now I can look at it when I have time and not be hurried. I believe the microfilm was about $10 or $12 a roll.
I also started buying my own books since I am at least 50 miles from the closest genealolgy library.