All library locations and services will be closed Monday, 5/27, for Memorial Day.
Automated phone renewals are now available by calling 919-680-2524 and logging in with your library card number and PIN.

For kids and families

The library is a place for all kinds of families to discover, explore, and have fun together.

It’s not just books (although we’ve got a great collection for kids!). At the library you can:

…and much more!

For every age

Through every stage of your lifelong learning journey, the library is there for you. From the very beginning with lapsit storytimes and board books, through homework help and fun activities for kids in school, and into the teen years and beyond – at every age, we can help you grow, learn, and have fun!

Upcoming events

Family Storytime

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 10:30am - 11:00am

South Regional Library (South Regional - Children's Programming Room)

Please join our Saturday storytime where there will be puppets, stories, music, songs, and movement! Registration is required. 

Ages: Baby, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler

Registration required

Family Storytime

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 10:30am - 11:00am

Main Library (Main Children's Programming Room)

Come join us for a fun-filled storytime for the whole family with lots of singing, dancing, playing, and reading.

Ages: Adult, Baby, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler, DPS

SCORE: Intro to Recordkeeping

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 10:30am - 12:00pm

Main Library (Conference Room #3214)


Ages: Intergenerational

This Week In the Lab: Makedo Kit

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 11:00am - 1:00pm

Main Library

Join the Maker + STEAM Team in the Innovation Lab during specified open hours to explore cardboard construction with makedo kits! Engineer new creations with reusable materials and tools safe for all ages. ...

Ages: Adult, Elementary School, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Kindergarten, Middle School, Pre-School, Senior Citizen, Teen, Toddler, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, DPS

Plant Swap

Saturday, May 25, 2024 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Meeting Room - Full Room)

Take a plant, leave a plant, and chat with a Master Gardener from Durham County Extension. Drop by anytime from 2-3 pm to exchange or share houseplants, vegetable starts, annuals, perennials, or seeds. Please ensure that any...

Ages: Intergenerational

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Featured online resources

Brainfuse HelpNow

Free online tutoring, help with writing assignments, and more.

Help and more info for Brainfuse HelpNow

Just for Kids Access Video

Kids’ shows, with favorites like Sesame Street, The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, and more.


Info about North Carolina history, people, government, and educational institutions.

More online resources for kids >

Accounts and access

Library cards

No one is too young or old to get a library card! Kids from 0 to 17 can check out items, use computers, and more with a juvenile card. A parent or guardian must be present to sign up for the card.

For Durham Public Schools students – Bull City, NC SLAM

Durham Public Schools students can also check out items through the Bull City, NC SLAM program. No sign-up is required: students already have a SLAM ID unless you’ve opted out of the program – it’s the same as your student ID or PowerSchool number. You can use your SLAM IDs for checking out books, using library resources online, and more. Learn more about how Bull City, NC SLAM works.

Online storytimes

Join our awesome children’s librarians as they share some of their favorite stories!
More online programming: Online storytime playlist Toddler Tuesday Wacky Wednesday Bilingual Thursday

Meet the children’s librarians

Donielle, children's librarian at Southwest Regional, dressed as Wonder Woman


Location: South Regional Library

In 2006, Donielle started working for Wake County Public Libraries when she was 16 years old. She began her work experience as a page and held that role for 15 years. In order to increase her library knowledge, she attended ECU and received her MLS. Donielle is also proud to say that she’s a certified librarian! While working as a page, she was also a library assistant in Franklin County. Now she’s a children’s librarian, which is the role she always wanted! She feels really grateful for being a part of the Durham family.

Meet all the children’s librarians >