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Stanford L. Warren Branch

1201 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707 (map)

Phone: 919-560-0270

Manager: Myrtle Darden

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

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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. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sun. 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Summer Movies at the Library! (canceled)

Monday, June 25, 2018 • 10:00am - 12:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Day camps, daycares and schools... Join us for some of the latest big screen adventures! All camps must pre-register as space is limited, Call ahead of time for titles and movie ratings.

Ages: Intergenerational

"Cool Math" with Stuart Ki (canceled)

Monday, June 25, 2018 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library

Join Stuart Ki for this educational series, as he introduces kids to cool math games, fun activities and basic computer skills. This program is so exciting, kids won’t even know they are learning!

Ages: Middle School, Elementary School

Tuesday's Rocking Storytime -

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 • 10:30am - 11:30am

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Children's Area)

Come visit your local library for our Summer Reading Storytime! Enjoy stories, music, crafts and more. This program is open to children of all ages. Join us for a ' rocking good time.'

Ages: Pre-School, Elementary School

Science In The Summer

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Side 1)

Level I &II June 25-29

Ages: Elementary School

Farmer Jason - Summer Reading Presentation

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • 10:30am - 11:30am

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Side 2)

Emmy Award winning Farmer Jason's one-man show features original songs with interactive fun, high energy, jokes and stories about growing up on a farm and the natural world surrounding us.

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Toddler, Pre-School, Middle School, Elementary School

Registration required

Origami with Ms. Anna

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Children's Area)

Join us for this fun-filled activity. This program is perfect for the origami beginner. Children are introduced to basic folding skills and simple techniques, culminating into something wonderful!

Ages: Pre-School, Middle School, Elementary School

Registration required

Science in the Summer

Thursday, June 28, 2018 • 9:00am - 4:00pm

Stanford L. Warren Branch Library (SLW - Meeting Room - Full Room)

Science in the Summer.

Ages: Middle School, Elementary School

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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

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 Stanford L. Warren Branch’s Meeting Room (capacity 75) one of three Study Rooms (two room with capacity of 2 and one with capacity of 6) via our online room reservation system by clicking the button below. You will be taken to the Meeting Room Policy page. You must read and acknowledge these terms before proceeding with your reservation.

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