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Stanford L. Warren Branch

1201 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0270

Manager: Larry Daniels

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library is served by DATA bus routes 5 and 8.

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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

All library events are currently being held virtually. Check out some of these upcoming events online:

Durham Voices

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Durham Voices is a fiction critique group for those serious about working toward publication. Space is limited, so please email Phil at to inquire about availability.

Ages: Adult

Wacky Wednesday - Weekly Online Family Fun!

Wednesday, May 19, 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

Virtual Funtime with Mr. Joel

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 11:00am - 11:30am


Join Mr. Joel for a fun and exciting Zoom-based storytime full of songs, music, puppets, movement and more. REGISTRATION is REQUIRED.

Ages: Pre-School, Toddler

Registration required

Recipe Testers Cookbook Club

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm


Our featured ingredient for May is COCONUT in any form. Fresh or dried, chips or flakes, coconut milk, cream, or water, coconut extract- you name it. ...

Ages: Adult, Senior Citizen

Registration required

Tweens & Teens: Melted Crayon Art

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Create your own melted crayon art! Art kits are free and available for this program at East Regional Library from May 4-18! You will need hair dryer. Space is limited, so please register soon!

Ages: Teen, Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds

Registration full. Join the waitlist

Homeschool Learning Lab - Art Studies

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 10:00am - 11:00am


Join us for a lesson on Patrick Dougherty. We will learn about him and his art before making sculptures of our own. Register online to get the link and pick up a supply bag at North Regional...

Ages: Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teen

Registration required

Food Science Live! for Tweens & Teens

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Join Gracey & Ciera as they conduct food science experiements! Every Thursday at 3p on Instagram Live: @durhamcountylibrary 

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

The Retirement Crew

Thursday, May 20, 2021 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm


Virtual community of retired Durham  citizens sharing stories, strategies, joys and sorrows. All ages and people are invited and celebrated. Join in and make it fun! The Retirement Crew Meeting...

Ages: Senior Citizen

Registration required

Get Craft-Tea! Take & Make Craft Along

Friday, May 21, 2021 • 11:00am - 12:00pm


Take a break on Friday's to have a cup of tea and craft along with your neighbors and Adult Services Librarian, Natalie!  Kits will be available for pick up at Main Library...

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

Registration required

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Stanford L. Warren Library became the new home of the historic Durham Colored Library on January 17, 1940. Only the second black library in the state, the Durham Colored Library opened to the public August 14, 1916. Its roots were in a library organized in 1913 by Dr. Aaron Moore in the basement of the old White Rock Baptist Church. Stanford L. Warren Library has been an important community resource and a gathering place for civic and service organizations throughout its history, especially during the civil rights era. The black and white library systems merged in 1966. The branch retains the name of its benefactor, Dr. Stanford L. Warren, who gave $4,000 during the Great Depression to secure the site for the new building. The annex was added in 1949-1950; renovations occurred in 1968, 1984-1985 and 2004-2006.

To learn more about Stanford L. Warren Library’s history, visit The History of the Stanford L. Warren Library online exhibit.


  • 10,244 square feet, 2 story building
  • public meeting room (seats 75)
  • Tutoring room
  • Two study rooms


  • The Selena Warren Wheeler Collection is an extensive compilation of African-American literature, culture and history that is regarded as one of the best collections in the South. Once known as the Negro Collection, it was renamed in 1990 to honor Ms. Wheeler, daughter of Dr. Stanford L. Warren and acting director/director of the Durham Colored Library/Stanford L. Warren Library from 1932 until 1945.

Services and Features:

  • Adult and children’s programs
  • Community bulletin board
  • Friends of Stanford L. Warren Branch Library group
  • Photocopier for public use
  • Public access computers, with Internet access: 12 (8 for adults, 4 for children)
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Self checkout/RFID technology

All room reservations are currently suspended due to COVID-19.