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Durham County Library Announces Temporary Maintenance Closure of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Update, 9/10

Stanford L. Warren is open for normal hours as of today, Monday, 9/10. Thanks for your patience during this closure!

Closure effective August 8, 2018

Durham, NC – Durham County Library announces the temporary closure of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library due to a maintenance issue. The Library will close on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, and is tentatively scheduled to re-open in late August. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Patrons are encouraged to utilize our electronic resources at, or visit another library location at:

East Regional Library – 211 Lick Creek Ln. – 919-560-0203
North Regional Library – 221 Milton Rd. – 919-560-0231
South Regional Library – 4505 S. Alston Ave. – 919-560-7410
Southwest Regional Library – 3605 Shannon Rd. – 919-560-8590


Any holds currently on the shelf at Stanford L. Warren will have their expiration date extended to September 15, 2018. If you need an item before that date, please call Myrtle Darden at 919-560-0274. Myrtle will work with you to choose a new pickup location, place the item on hold again, and move you to the top of the hold list.

Any holds placed for pickup at SLW but not yet fulfilled will be suspended until September 4, 2018. If you need the item before then, you can log into the online catalog, choose a different pickup location for the item, and unsuspend the hold. Staff can also help with this process.

All S. L. Warren items will be unavailable during this time. Items will not show in the catalog, SLW will temporarily be removed as a pick-up location, and no room reservations will be available at the location.

Please follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) for continued updates. Thank you for your patience as we improve for you.

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

20 Responses to Durham County Library Announces Temporary Maintenance Closure of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

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    Stefanie August 8, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Hi! I have a hold that’s ready for pickup at Stanford Warren. How do I get it transferred to another location?

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      Sarah Dooley August 8, 2018 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Stefanie! We’ve added some info about holds above. Take a look, and please let us know if you have more questions.

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    Juyoung Shin August 8, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    If the books we placed on hold at Stanford L. Warren are to be picked up before the library reopens, what do you advise to do? Are the books on hold re-located to another library for pick up?

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      Sarah Dooley August 8, 2018 at 2:45 pm #

      Hi Juyoung! We’ve added some info about holds above. Take a look, and please let us know if you have more questions.

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    Carrie August 8, 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    Can we still return books to this library location?

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      Sarah Dooley August 9, 2018 at 9:23 am #

      Great question! Yes, the book drop on the street is still open. (You can also return books from SLW to any other location.)

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        Beth Sheppard August 9, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

        Can movies be dropped in the box as well?

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          Sarah Dooley August 9, 2018 at 2:51 pm #

          Yep, that should be fine!

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        Hilary S Sheaves August 27, 2018 at 11:07 am #

        Sarah Dooley I dropped off a DVD in this box last week and it showed up as late on my account this morning. Has anyone been keeping up with the drop box?

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    Chelle August 9, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    I have a Wifi box that’s due tomorrow trying to see if I can renew it but unfortunately the building is getting maintenance where do I go to renew it

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      Sarah Dooley August 10, 2018 at 9:04 am #

      Hi Chelle – unfortunately, wifi boxes can’t be renewed (that’s the standard policy for them, not just because SLW is closed). You can return it at any of our other locations.

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    Darlene hart August 23, 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    Do u what date the library will be reopen this month.

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      Sarah Dooley August 23, 2018 at 12:51 pm #

      Hi Darlene! The work is taking a little longer than expected, so it’s looking like mid-September now. We’ll post an update when we have a more specific date. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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        Erin Gallagher August 24, 2018 at 11:35 am #

        Is the book drop still open? Will it remain open for the duration of this maintenance work? With this branch (and Main and Bragtown) closed, there is really poor library access near downtown/central Durham. Have you considered temporarily expanding the offerings at Northgate or adding a book drop there? It must be tough for those who depend on public transit to access the four remaining branches.

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          Sarah Dooley August 24, 2018 at 1:57 pm #

          Hi Erin! Yes, the book drop is still open and will remain open for the duration. We know that having SLW also closed really changes the access available and are taking steps to mitigate that wherever possible (as well as working to get it open again as soon as possible!)

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            Erin Gallagher August 27, 2018 at 9:59 am #

            Thanks, Sarah! I’m sure this is really hard on the library staff too. Hopefully SLW will be fixed soon.

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            Sarah Dooley August 27, 2018 at 10:52 am #

            Thanks, Erin – we really appreciate everyone’s understanding throughout this work. We will definitely be happy to get it open again 🙂

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    Louise Julian September 5, 2018 at 8:27 am #

    Good morning – just wondering if there is a new date that you expect to reopen the Stanford L. Warren branch?

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      Sarah Dooley September 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm #

      Hi Louise – yes! We are currently scheduled to reopen this coming Monday, September 10. We’ve just updated this page and will post an additional update here if anything changes before Monday.

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        Louise Julian September 5, 2018 at 1:10 pm #

        That’s great news – thanks for the update Sarah!

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