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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. In the meantime, Durham County Library is providing outreach services to the Bragtown community while the building is closed, including the services of the library’s Bookmobile.

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, 4/11/2018: Quotes are in and construction is coming! General Services has been working hard in conjunction with the Library and Restore Pro to get Bragtown back open to the public. Currently, the building is empty and construction will begin as soon as County contracts are finalized and approved. The previously scheduled paving of the parking lot has been put on hold until construction is completed, but we hope to have that done prior to reopening. There are a few changes planned for the building, including consolidation of the two bathrooms into a single ADA-compliant family restroom, widening the back door, and adding drop ceilings.

3200 Dearborn Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27704 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0210

Manager: DeLois Cue

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 quarterly newsletter. (All files are PDFs.)

Winter 2016
Fall 2015
Summer 2015
Spring 2015
Winter 2015