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 2018
- Circulation: 2,624,954
- Borrowers: 224,385
- Adult Programs: 1,650
- Attendees: 18,509
- Teen Programs: 746
- Attendees: 10,756
- Children’s Programs: 3,396
- Attendees: 93,835
- Public Computer Sessions: 219,539
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.
The library is currently developing a new strategic plan to pick up where the 2014-2017 plan left off. The new plan will be available for download once it’s completed.
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 >>>