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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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Mon. 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Tue. 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Wed. 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thu. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fri. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. Closed

Visiting guidelines

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

Listen and Draw Escuchar y Dibujar - con Molly y Monica

Tuesday, July 27, 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

Wacky Wednesday - Weekly Online Family Fun!

Wednesday, July 28, 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, July 28, 2021 • 11:00am - 11:30am


Join Mr. Joel for a high energy and fun storytime. There will be puppets, movement, dance, rhymes, stories and more. Fun for all ages!

Ages: Baby, Kindergarten, Pre-School, Toddler

Registration required

Homeschool Learning Lab -- Summer Camp

Thursday, July 29, 2021 • 10:00am - 11:00am


To wrap up our summer camp series, we will be making friendship bracelets! Register online to get the link and to pick up a supply kit at North Regional Library. Email for more...

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

Registration full. Join the waitlist

The Retirement Crew

Thursday, July 29, 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

National Coloring Book Day!

Monday, August 02, 2021 • All day


Today is National Coloring Book Day! Celebrate by stopping in at the South Regional Library to pick up free coloring sheets! Stop by any time during open hours. Today only while...

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

Neurodiversity Book Club

Monday, August 02, 2021 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm


Come participate in a progressive discussion focused on topics concerning neurodiversity, societal inclusion, and autistic empowerment....

Ages: Adult, Teen

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.