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About the Library

Durham County Library was the first free, tax-supported library in North Carolina.


The mission of Durham County Library is to encourage Discovery, connect the Community and lead in Literacy.

Library Facts FY 2013

  • Door Count: 1,646,088
  • Circulation: 3,195,976
  • Ebook Checkouts: 37,590
  • Adult Programs: 1,444
    • Attendees: 16,240
  • Teen Programs: 630
    • Attendees: 6,945
  • Children’s Programs: 3,582
    • Attendees: 137,773
  • Public Computer Sessions: 412,488
  • Web Site Page Views: 2,883,949

Strategic Plan

Durham County Library is currently in the process of creating a strategic plan that will set the direction for the library for the next several years. To stay up-to-date with the planning process, visit the library blog which will provide updates as the strategic plan takes shape over the coming months.


Durham recorded many significant firsts in respect to library movements in other North Carolina cities: the first tax-supported public library, the first professional librarian, and the first bookmobile. Durham also boasted the second library founded for African Americans in the state. Read more >>>