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Here’s the latest news from Durham County Library.

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Durham County Library to Celebrate Durham Historian Jean Bradley Anderson

On Saturday, June 8, 2024, Durham County Library will celebrate the 100th birthday of Jean Bradley Anderson, a local historian who has made immeasurable contributions to the understanding of Durham’s past. Her trailblazing Durham County: A History of Durham County, North Carolina first came to market in 1990 and was updated with a second edition in 2011. Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection houses Anderson’s research papers. Her history of Durham County continues to inspire new generations of historians and remains a wellspring of information for those conducting research on Durham County.

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Durham County Library Receives All-Clear Following Bomb Threat at Main Library

On the morning of Saturday, April 13, Durham County Library’s downtown Main Library location received a bomb threat related to one of its programming offerings. Upon receiving the threat at approximately 10:30 a.m., staff and patrons evacuated to a safe distance. Local law enforcement swept the building and confirmed that no threats were present, giving the building the all-clear.

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Durham County Library to Celebrate Fourth Annual Library Fest: The Nature Edition

From Monday, April 8 to Saturday, April 13, Durham County Library will hold the fourth annual Library Fest. This year’s theme is The Nature Edition. With the generous support of the Durham Library Foundation, the Forest at Duke, and community partners, Library Fest will include world-class author talks, programs, and events. Headliners like Leah Thomas, Dr. John Francis, and Matías Murano will compliment dozens of nature-themed events being held throughout Durham.

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Interview with Former DCoL Directors Dale Gaddis and Priscilla Lewis

A Message from Tammy Baggett-Best, Library Director: On the heels of National Women’s History Month is National Library Week, which spans from April 8 – 13. What better time to honor the histories of the women who have provided leadership for Durham County Library? Dale Gaddis worked her entire professional career for Durham County Library, from […]

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Black History Means…

We asked Library staff what Black History means to them. Here’s what they had to say: Black History is every day, every month, and every year. Black History is then, and now, and forever. It is the belief in liberation for us all, in freedom from oppression and marginalization to be your truest self. Black […]

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Stanford L. Warren Branch Library to Reopen Fall 2024 Following Interior Renovations

Durham, NC — Durham County Library’s Stanford L. Warren Branch is slated to reopen in fall 2024 following interior renovations, refurnishing, and the fitting of audiovisual equipment. In August 2021, Stanford L. Warren closed to undergo extensive repairs caused by the intrusion of water into the historic building. During the period of the library’s closure, […]

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New North Carolina Collection hours start October 2

Beginning October 2, 2023, the North Carolina Collection’s hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Appointments outside of these hours are available upon request. Please contact NCC staff for more information at ncc@dconc.gov or at 919-560-0171.

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Behind-the-Scenes Software Update

The library will be updating its behind-the-scenes computer software this May and June. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide a better experience for you! Schedule May 1 – Checkout period doubled Due dates extended – longer checkout times to assist with the transition May 22 – New holds and interlibrary […]

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Durham Library Foundation to Host “All Booked Up,” an After-Hours Party

On Saturday, April 29, 2023, the Durham Library Foundation will host All Booked Up, an after-hours party celebrating the library. Occurring alongside Durham County Library’s Third Annual Library Fest: The Storytelling Edition, All Booked Up will take place at Main Library from 7-10 p.m. The event will feature fantastic food and drink, a DJ, behind the scenes access, library tours, live demonstrations, and more.

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