Welcome to the Durham County Library
The first free, tax-supported library in North Carolina
The mission of the Durham County Library is to provide to the entire community books, services, and other resources that inform, inspire learning, cultivate understanding and excite the imagination.
We are committed to providing free and convenient access to all residents of Durham County.
Library Facts FY 2011
Population served: 267,587
Library Card Holders: 149,108
Adult Programs: 1,364
Teen Programs: 729
Children's Programs: 3,719
Public Computer Sessions: 462,683
Web Site Page Views: 1,367,139
Library Online Catalog and Circulation System
The HORIZON automated circulation system enables the library to keep track of all materials borrowed and returned, fines owed, payments received and materials placed on hold. HORIZON offers quick access to information about materials in the library system, including the location and status of each copy. The catalog includes books, recordings, magazines, audiobooks and other non-print materials. Patrons may access HORIZON on the Library's Web site.
Durham County Library uses the services of many volunteers in its facilities. If you are interested in volunteering, please go to our volunteer application form. A volunteer coordinator will contact you when an opening is available that fits your preferences. Durham County Library also places community service volunteers who are assigned service projects by the courts.