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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

Library events are currently being held virtually or outdoors. Double-check the event description to verify its location.

Homeschool Learning Lab -- Art Day

Thursday, June 24, 2021 • 10:00am - 11:00am


Join us as we study Dave the Potter and make some pottery of our own. Register to get the link and pick up a supply kit at North Regional Library. Email for information. 

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

Registration full. Join the waitlist

All About Bugs - Summer Learning 2021

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Bragtown Branch Library

Join us at Bragtown Branch for this week's summer learning program on bugs and the environment. We will be decorating our own bug jars, catching and releasing our own bugs, and learning about...

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Registration full.

Listen and Draw Escuchar y Dibujar - con Molly y Monica

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 • 5:30pm - 6:30pm


For 3 year olds to those in 3rd grade. TEXT 919-937-7528 to get the access numbers. Para los de 3 anos al 3r grado. Manda un TEXTO a Monica al 919-937-7528 para recibir los numeros de zoom.

Ages: Elementary School, Kindergarten, Pre-School

Dogs of Instagram Photo Contest

Wednesday, June 30, 2021 • All day


Here at the library, we love our pets and we know you do too! Enter our Dogs of Instagram Photo Contest and get a chance to win a cool prize for your pooch! To enter, take a pic of your pup and...

Ages: Adult, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds, High School, Intergenerational, Middle School, Teen, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Wacky Wednesday - Weekly Online Family Fun!

Wednesday, June 30, 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

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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