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About the Library

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

Mission

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

Strategic Plan

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.

Download the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan (PDF)

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.

History

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 >>>