If you live in Raleigh, you have to check out the Hunt Library at NC State's Centennial Campus. Its is amazing to see and has won multiple awards for its architecture and high tech features. It is open to the public and it is possible to get an account to check out materials.
Hello... Pat gave you a good answer but if you want to see how close to a specific home, you can use the home search tool on my website listed below. One you have a specific address or area, you can use the demographics tools to search for things like stores, libraries etc. The opposite works a s well as if you find a specific community amenity you like, you can search for homes around it.