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Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center

Bragtown Closed for Maintenance

During January’s snow event, water pipes burst at the Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, causing damage to the building and items inside it. The library apologizes for any inconvenience this temporary closing may cause.

Please note that while the Bragtown location is closed, its book drop will remain open; materials borrowed from Durham County Library may be returned to this book drop at any time, as the book drop will continue to be cleared by library staff on a daily basis. For more updates related to the Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center, check back on this page.

Update, 10/23/2018: Here’s the latest update about the Bragtown building, as so many (including all of us!) excitedly await this location’s reopening. The construction bid has been submitted and will remain out to bid until October 30. At that time, Durham County will begin the contract process based on the submitted bids; we project an anticipated construction start date of late 2018 or early 2019. As part of the construction, Bragtown Library Family Literacy Center will see some exciting upgrades, the biggest of which will include renovation of the rear entrance and restroom to make them more ADA compliant.

While you wait for construction to complete, please know that you may continue to use the book drop outside the Bragtown location. We check this box for library materials every day, Monday through Friday. You are also welcome to drop borrowed items off at any other Durham County Library location.

3200 Dearborn Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27704 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0210

Manager: Kathleen Hayes

Bragtown Library is served by DATA bus route 9, 9A and 9B.

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***Bragtown is currently closed for maintenance.***

Bragtown Library was founded as a branch of the African-American Stanford L. Warren Library to serve Northeast Durham. The dream of locating a library in the community became a reality because of the hard work of Bragtown community leaders and the Stanford L. Warren Library Board. As the plans came together for the new facility, the library was temporarily housed in a store while the steering committee raised funds by hosting fish fries and bake sales. On July 21, 1961, the land at Ruth Street and Dearborn Drive was deeded to the Durham Colored Library. Bragtown Branch Library opened, and was dedicated, on March 11, 1962. In April of 1966, the Durham Colored Library merged with the Durham City-County Public Library, and Bragtown became part of the new Durham County Library system. Preservation Durham has recently identified Bragtown Library as a site of historic significance in Durham’s African-American history.


  • 1000 square foot building
  • study seating for 16

Collection features:

  • 5229 books (60% children’s)
  • 30 magazine subscriptions
  • 200 reference materials
  • puzzles for in-house use

Services and Features:

  • public Internet access
  • adult and children’s programs and activities
  • community bulletin board
  • Friends of the Library group
  • drive-up book return
  • public photocopier

Bragtown Library’s newsletter for adults interested in the edification of children ages three to thirteen.

Fall 2018
Fall 2017
Summer 2017 (PDF)
Winter 2016 (PDF)
Fall 2015 (PDF)
Summer 2015 (PDF)
Spring 2015 (PDF)
Winter 2015 (PDF)