Due to COVID-19, Durham County Library locations are currently open for limited services only. Our regional (East, North, South, and Southwest) and branch (Bragtown and Stanford L. Warren) libraries are available for one-hour walk-in visits. Main Library is currently open for hold pickup by appointment only.
Walk-in hours at regional and branch libraries
Durham County Regional (East, North, South, and Southwest) and Branch (Bragtown and Stanford L. Warren) Libraries are now open for one-hour walk-in visits to browse and check out items or to use the computers. The walk-in hours are:
Tuesday 2–6 p.m.
Wednesday 2–6 p.m.
Thursday 3–7 p.m.
Friday 2–6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday
During our walk-in hours, a limited number of people are allowed in the library at a time. Per Durham County Government, anyone entering the library will be required to:
- Answer screening questions;
- Have their temperature checked;
- Wear a mask (age 2+); and
- Practice physical distancing.
For safety, the library’s service philosophy currently focuses on access rather than assistance. Open hours are primarily an opportunity to browse the collection, select items to check out, and use the computers. Library staff can provide limited assistance with issuing library cards, checking out materials, and accessing computers. We are unable to offer the following services at this time:
- Meeting and study rooms
- In-person programming
- Friends of the Durham Library book sales
- Receiving donated books
- One-on-one computer assistance or other help that requires close physical proximity (less than six feet) to customers
- Water fountain access
If you want to request items to pick up at these locations, you can still do that by placing a hold online. Your item(s) will be delivered to the pickup location you choose and kept for you on the holds shelf. Once it’s there, you’ll be notified that it’s ready for pickup, and you can come get it during our walk-in hours.
Through Library Take-Out!, you can place holds on books, DVDs, and CDs, and schedule a time to pick them up at the library when they’re available.
Library Take-Out! is currently only offered at Main Library. At any of our other locations, you can still request items by placing them on hold, but you will pick them up during our walk-in hours once you are notified that your hold is ready. You don’t need an appointment at those locations.
Here’s how Library Take-Out! works:
- First, place holds on the item(s) you want by logging into your account online or calling your location. The phone line is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Make sure to select Main Library as your pickup location.
- Maximum of 10 holds, at any stage of the process, at a time.
- Wait until you get a notification saying your holds are ready.
- Set a pickup time through the online reservation system or by calling your location.
Complete instructions can be found at DurhamCountyLibrary.org/TakeOut.
While our doors are closed, you can still check out our online resources, including ebooks, e-audiobooks, magazines, TV shows, and more.
What to do with library items
We have 24/7 book return options – you can return items at any location anytime.
At Main Library, you can return items using the automated book return on the outside of the building facing Liberty Street. The outside book drops are open for returns at all of our other locations.
When using any of our return options, please:
- Wear a mask.
- Practice social distancing.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
You can now bring back your interlibrary loan (ILL) items during our walk-in hours. Contact the location from which you borrowed your item(s) if you have questions.
The Friends of the Durham Library are now accepting book donations at their new location – see the Friends of the Durham Library website for more information. We are currently unable to accept donations at any Durham County Library location.
If you have an existing Durham County Library card, you can sign in with your account number and PIN to place holds for pickup and to access online resources. Your account number is the full 14-digit number from the back of your card, starting with 2345, entered with no spaces. If you don’t know your PIN, try the last 4 digits of the phone number associated with your account – if that doesn’t work, get in touch.
Don’t have a card?
Are you a Durham County resident without a library card? You can use your mobile phone number to sign up for a temporary card. When you first sign up, your temporary card will only work for ebooks and e-audiobooks through OverDrive / Libby. After it’s been processed, you will be able to use it for other online resources and to place holds on items for pickup. Your access will work for 60 days – after that, you’ll need to come in to make your card permanent. Learn more, or sign up for a temporary online card.
Durham Public Schools teachers and staff can get a library card by contacting us online, even if you’re not a Durham County resident. Let us know you’re a DPS staff member who needs a card, and we’ll take it from there.
Durham Public Schools students
Did you know that you can access Durham County Library’s ebooks, e-audiobooks, and more using your Durham Public Schools student ID number? Now is the perfect time to try it out – learn more about access for DPS students.
Thank you for your patience and support during this time! The safety of staff and patrons is our top priority as we continue expanding the services we offer. We will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please get in touch if there’s anything we can help with.
-Your family at the Durham County Library