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Bragtown Branch Library

3200 Dearborn Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27704 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0210

Manager: Kathleen Hayes

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

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Walk-In Hours

Mon. Closed
Tue. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wed. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu. 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sun. Closed

All library events are currently being held virtually. Check out some of these upcoming events online:

Durham Voices

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Durham Voices is a fiction critique group for those serious about working toward publication. Space is limited, so please email Phil at to inquire about availability.

Ages: Adult

Wacky Wednesday - Weekly Online Family Fun!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 10:30am - 11:00am


Tune in every Wednesday at 10:30am for new family activities, crafts, stories, & more! Weekly videos will appear on the library's YouTube page:...

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler

Virtual Funtime with Mr. Joel

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 11:00am - 11:30am


Join Mr. Joel for a fun and exciting Zoom-based storytime full of songs, music, puppets, movement and more. REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.

Ages: Pre-School, Toddler

Registration required

Recipe Testers Cookbook Club

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Our featured ingredient for May is COCONUT in any form. Fresh or dried, chips or flakes, coconut milk, cream, or water, coconut extract- you name it. ...

Ages: Adult, Senior Citizen

Registration required

Tweens & Teens: Melted Crayon Art

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Create your own melted crayon art! Art kits are free and available for this program at East Regional Library from May 4-18! You will need hair dryer. Space is limited, so please register soon!

Ages: Teen, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Registration full. Join the waitlist

Homeschool Learning Lab - Art Studies

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 10:00am - 11:00am


Join us for a lesson on Patrick Dougherty. We will learn about him and his art before making sculptures of our own. Register online to get the link and pick up a supply bag at North Regional...

Ages: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teen

Registration required

Food Science Live! for Tweens & Teens

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Join Gracey & Ciera as they conduct food science experiements! Every Thursday at 3p on Instagram Live: @durhamcountylibrary 

Ages: Middle School, Teen, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

The Retirement Crew

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Virtual community of retired Durham  citizens sharing stories, strategies, joys and sorrows. All ages and people are invited and celebrated. Join in and make it fun! The Retirement Crew Meeting...

Ages: Senior Citizen

Registration required

Get Craft-Tea! Take & Make Craft Along

Friday, May 21, 2021 • 11:00am - 12:00pm


Take a break on Friday's to have a cup of tea and craft along with your neighbors and Adult Services Librarian, Natalie!  Kits will be available for pick up at Main Library...

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, Senior Citizen

Registration required

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Bragtown Branch 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 Branch 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