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Southwest Regional Library

Southwest Regional Library

3605 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707


This week’s hours

Open today
9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday Closed Monday 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM Tuesday 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM Wednesday 9:30 AM - 8:00 PM Thursday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Friday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Getting here

Bus routes

GoDurham route 10B

Bike racks

In the rear parking lot


Front and rear parking lots. Parking is limited during peak times.


  • 24-hour exterior book drop
  • Single-occupant all-gender restroom
  • Infant changing stations
  • Bookable rooms

Sorry, Durham County Library does not offer notary services.


  • Public internet access computers

    Computers with internet access are available for public use at all Durham County Library locations.

    Public internet access computers details
  • Wireless internet access

    You can connect your own device to the internet at any of our locations. Our wireless internet access is free and does not require a password. Look for the network named “DCo Library Public.” Heads up – our network is an unsecured network.

  • Hotspots for checkout

    Your Durham County Library card lets you borrow a mobile hotspot to take the internet wherever you go!

    Hotspots for checkout details
  • Printing

    You can print to printers at Southwest Regional from your mobile device or home computer by using our mobile printing website.
    You can also print by sending an email with attachment(s) to these addresses:

    Printing details
  • Scanners

    Our scanners are flatbed style. They can handle up to letter sized (8.5″ x 11″) documents.

    Scanning is free of cost. You will need a library card or computer use card to sign on to the scanner computer.

  • Copiers

    Copiers are available for public use. There is a small fee per page that has to be paid in cash.

    Copiers details
  • Fax

    Fax machines are available for public use. Faxes cost $1.75 for the first page and $1 for each page after that. The fax machines only accept credit cards for payment (not cash). You can check the status of your fax online after sending it.

Assistive technology

More assistive technology info
  • BigKeys keyboard

    Helps with typing for people with mobility and/or visual impairments. This multi-colored keyboard has bigger than normal keys to make it easier to see letters and select just one key at a time while typing at a computer. The multi-colored keys also pro

  • BigKeys keyboard keyguard

    Can be placed over the BigKeys keyboard to help in selecting only a single letter or key at a time.

  • Trackball mouse

    This mouse is a handheld pointing device that requires little wrist or hand movement. You can control it with very limited finger movement. It can also be used to control an on-screen keyboard, available at every computer through Microsoft Office.

  • Keyboard type aid

    Fits over your hand to help select keys on a keyboard or turn the pages of an open book.

  • Handheld video magnifier

    Magnifies text and images, with the option of changing the color contrast for easy visual discernment based on your preferences. The magnifier can be held in your hand or placed on an open book.

  • Adaptive joystick

    A handheld pointing device that requires limited hand movement, with different grips available based on your preference. It can also be used to control the on-screen keyboard, available at every computer through Microsoft Office.

Today’s events

Adult Game Day

Thursday, May 23, 2024 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Meeting Room - Full Room)

Looking for an afternoon filled with board games and fun conversation? Join us to play some old favorites, and maybe try something new as well.

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

Poetry Hunt at Southwest!

Thursday, May 23, 2024 • All day

Southwest Regional Library (Southwest Regional - Children's Area)

Poetry is all around us!  Search the children's area to learn about 10 types of poems. Stop by the Children's Desk to learn more and get started. 

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

Southwest Children's Programming Break

Thursday, May 23, 2024 • All day

Southwest Regional Library

Southwest's Children's Unit will be taking a short programming break to prepare for Summer Reading! Programs will resume on Monday, June 10th. 

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Special features at Southwest Regional Library

Neurodiverse and sensory processing equipment

Includes a bubble wall, fiber optics, weighted lap pads, dark glasses, and more. Available at the children's desk.

Library garden

Yields programming vegetables and awesome flowers. Run by staff from Children’s Services.

Colorful paintings with animals and landscapes hang in a line along a wall

Rotating art installation

Art selected by the Library Art Committee, frequently showcasing local photographers and artists.


L. Tietje-Davis


Leah has over 16 years of public service experience both as a District Constituent Outreach Specialist with a State Legislator and working in public libraries. She received her BA from the State University of New York at Potsdam and MLS from Clarion University. She is passionate about making a positive impact at Durham County Library with a specific focus on providing excellent customer service, expanding access to resources and services, and empowering individuals.

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