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Stanford L. Warren Branch

1201 Fayetteville Street
Durham, North Carolina 27707 (map)

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

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Open for hold pickup by reservation only

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

NaNoWriMo Virtual Write-Ins

Monday, November 30, 2020 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Virtual Events (Zoom Meeting Room)

Welcome to National Novel Writing Month. We will be holding Zoom write-ins on Monday evenings (except the 9th). Link in the extended description.

Ages: Adult

Toddler Tuesday - Weekly Online Fun!

Tuesday, December 01, 2020 • 10:30am - 11:00am

Virtual Events

Tune in every Tuesday at 10:30am for new rhymes, stories, songs, and more! Each weekly video will appear on the library's YouTube page:

Ages: Toddler, Pre-School, Kindergarten, Baby

Virtual Funtime with Mr. Joel

Tuesday, December 01, 2020 • 1:00pm - 1:30pm

Virtual Events (Zoom Meeting Room)

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

Ages: Toddler, Pre-School, Baby

Registration required

Totally Teens

Tuesday, December 01, 2020 • 4:00pm - 4:00pm

Virtual Events

Check-in with us every Tuesday at 4 pm for new videos just for teens! Weekly videos will appear on the library's YouTube page:

Ages: Tweens: 9-12 Year Olds, Teen, Middle School, Emerging Adult: 18-24 Year Olds

Teen Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday, December 02, 2020 • 10:00am - 11:15am

Virtual Events (Zoom Meeting Room)

Do you need volunteer hours? Want to have a say in how the library serves teenagers like you? Have you always wondered what it's like to be a librarian? Join the Teen Advisory Board!

Ages: Teen, High School

Registration required

Wacky Wednesday - Weekly Online Family Fun!

Wednesday, December 02, 2020 • 10:30am - 11:00am

Virtual Events

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: Toddler, Pre-School, Kindergarten, Elementary School

Ingles clases de conversacion

Wednesday, December 02, 2020 • 6:30pm - 7:45pm

Virtual Events (Zoom Meeting Room)

Clases de conversacion en ingles para el nivel intermedio y avanzado. Manda un texto a Monica al 919-937-7528 antes del 14 de octubre para anotarse. Solo hay 15 cupos.

Ages: Adult

Homeschool Learning Lab - Cooking Class

Thursday, December 03, 2020 • 10:00am - 11:00am

Virtual Events (Zoom Meeting Room)

Learn to make cookies and hot chocolate mix with Ms. Des! Register for a list of ingredients and the Zoom meeting info. Parent involvement is encouraged.

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

Registration required

Adult Thursday

Thursday, December 03, 2020 • 7:00pm - 7:30pm

Virtual Events

Check-in with us every Thursday at 7 pm for new excursions posted for our adult audience.

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

Dungeons & Dragons - An Introduction

Saturday, December 05, 2020 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Virtual Events (Zoom Meeting Room)

Join us to learn how you can delve deep into dark dungeons and face challenges to make the bravest hero quake with fear... all without leaving home.

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

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

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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