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Main Library

300 N. Roxboro Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0100
Fax: 919-560-0137

The Main Library is served by DATA bus routes 16, 16B, 3, 4, 9.

Main Library Renovation Information

Mon. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Tue. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Wed. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu. 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

The Main Library moved to its current building in 1980 and serves as the central location for the Durham County Library system which was established in 1897. In addition to the extensive collections and services available to the public, the Main Library houses Library Administration, Community and Outreach Services, and Resources and Technical Services. The Dr. Benjamin E. Powell Memorial Room which houses the North Carolina Collection is located on the third floor of Main Library.

In FY 2014-15, planning will occur to assess the additional space and equipment needs of the Main Library in preparation for a complete building renovation.


  • 65,000 square foot, 3-story building
  • Auditorium (seats 150)
  • Conference room (seats 35)
  • Study seats for 165
  • Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Collection features:

  • 466,000 books (25% children’s books)
  • 900 magazine titles
  • Business reference
  • North Carolina Room
  • Audio-visual
  • LIFT (Learning Information for Today)

Services and Features:

  • Adult and children’s programs, films and storytime
  • Community bulletin board
  • Interlibrary loan services
  • Friends of the Library
  • Photocopiers for public use
  • Fax machine for public use
  • Public internet access
  • Wireless Internet Access
  • Computer workstation for visually impaired

Thank you for choosing the library as a place to study, meet, work and play. Your patronage has made the library one of the most popular gathering spaces in the county. We invite all members of the community to enjoy the resources available at Durham County Library.

You can reserve Main Library’s Auditorium (capacity 150) or the Conference Room (capacity 40) clicking the Book a Meeting Room below. Your can also book one of four Study Rooms (capacity 2) by clicking Book a Study Room. You will be taken to the Meeting Room Policy page. You must read and acknowledge these terms before proceeding with your reservation.

Book a Meeting Room   Book a Study Room