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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, 7/9/2018: Durham County General Services has been working hard in conjunction with the Library 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. We had planned to begin construction on Bragtown by the middle of the summer for an anticipated re-open date in the Fall. Unfortunately, we have encountered some delays in additional requirements that need to be met. The hope is that we will begin repairs now in early Fall, with an anticipated re-opening in mid-winter. A few of the changes planned for the building include consolidating the two bathrooms into a single ADA-compliant family restroom, widening the back door, and adding drop ceilings. Stay posted for new updates as we receive them.

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 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)