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 2015
- Door Count: 2,421,602
- Circulation: 3,005,301
- Ebook Checkouts: 169,870
- Adult Programs: 2,196
- Attendees: 19,355
- Teen Programs: 1,579
- Attendees: 10,934
- Children’s Programs: 3,868
- Attendees: 127,338
- Public Computer Sessions: 349,245
- Website Unique Users: 671,132
- Website Pageviews: 2,874,474
In 2014, Durham County Library completed the process of developing a new Strategic Plan to help us achieve our vision of creating a community of lifelong learners. The plan contains five overarching goals to guide the library through 2017: fostering innovation; empowering staff; maximizing impact and reach of programs, services and collections; achieving service excellence; and creating a welcoming and inspiring library environment.
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 >>>