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:
- Try out robots and other cool maker technology
- Explore in special sensory spaces
- Get messy at craft programs
- Build a masterpiece with LEGOs
- Check out a bilingual storytime
- Get personalized reading recommendations for any age
…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!
Join our awesome children’s librarians as they share some of their favorite stories!
Featured online resources
Free online tutoring, help with writing assignments, and more.
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.
Featured book lists
Accounts and access
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.
Meet the children’s librarians
Location: Main Library
Anna Cromwell, affectionally known as “Mrs. Crumwell” to her little patrons, serves as Main Library’s Children Services Manager. Her favorite author is Roald Dahl. Anna’s love of books and libraries was born out of her mother’s example, as every Saturday morning, her mother would dress her six kids, line them all up, and walk to the local library. The entire family looked forward to watching Disney movies each Saturday and cherished the privilege of being able to take home two books every week.