I have just recently discovered a website that promises to provide free (honestly) genealogy research information to registered users. NCLive.org is an online library service for the state of North Carolina.
The website serves approximately 200 libraries throughout the state and is designed to allow easy accessibility through library websites and directly through nclive.org. There is no fee associated with accessing this site; however, you do need to obtain permission from your North Carolina library in order to obtain a user name and password. Not bad if you're a North Carolina resident or college student.
According to the website directory, they have four different collections for genealogy researchers to explore:
ArchiveGrid - provides access to primary source info such as birth, death, and cemetery records as well as ship logs
Digital NC - historical and cultural info of North Carolina
HeritageQuest - unique primary sources, family histories, finding aids
Sanborn Maps North Carolina - 1867-1970 large-scale maps of North Carolina towns and cities
As it happens, I don't have a public library card; however, I do plan to get one.