Homebound Delivery Service

The Durham Public Library provides books and other materials for residents of Durham who are physically unable to visit the library because of a temporary or permanent disability.

How to apply: Applicants should complete the Durham Public Library Homebound Delivery Application and a reading interest form. Click here to complete the form online or call us at (860) 349-9544, ext. 5 to request a physical form.

How is delivery arranged?  Materials will be delivered by a library representative on a schedule convenient for the library, but no more than once per month. When we receive your enrollment form, we will contact you to discuss delivery.

What are the borrowing guidelines? Any circulating item may be borrowed by our homebound patrons, with a limit of 25 items per delivery. There is no fee for the delivery service and overdue fees will not be charged. The Library’s standard fee schedule shall apply for damaged or lost items.

For more information: Please contact Christine Michaud at (860) 349-9544, ext. 5 or cmichaud@durhamlibrary.org if you have questions about this service.

Plant Identification Walk

Saturday, June 4 at 9:30 AM

In person, meet at Curtis Woodlands. 

Join Aubree Keurajian of Ungardening for a plant identification walk around Curtis Woodlands. You’ll learn all about the local flora and fauna here in Durham!

This hike will take place in the meadow of Curtis Woodlands, the route is just under 0.5 miles, mostly in full sun, but with some areas of shade. Curtis Woodlands is located at the corner of Dunn Hill Road and Salted Lane in Durham. There is a small parking area just beyond the point where Dunn Hill Road turns into Salted Lane, approximately 400 feet beyond Brittnay Drive. There is additional parking along the street. Closed toed shoes, long pants, and bug spray are suggested.

Registration required; click here to register.

Thursday Movie Matinees Are Back!

The Durham Public Library hosts a movie matinee every Thursday at 2:00 pm. This film series is free and open to the public. Please note that for movies rated R, only individuals age 18 & over are permitted to attend. Viewer discretion is advised.

Sept. 29 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rated PG-13, 126 min.

October 6 – Mrs. Harris Goes to Parisstarring Leslie Manville, Rated PG, 117 min.

October 13 – Where the Crawdads Sing, starring Daisy Edgar-Jones, Taylor John Smith, David Strathairn, Rated PG-13, 125 min.

October 20 – Jurassic World: Dominion, starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeff Goldblum, Rated PG-13, 146 min.

October 27 – Elvis, starring Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Rated PG-13, 159 min.

PALS Book Sale – Saturday May 14

The Book Sale is Back! Saturday, May 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the lower level of the Durham Public Library. All proceeds benefit PALS: The Friends of the Durham Public Library.

Please note: we are unable to accept additional donations for the Book Sale. Thank you to everyone who has donated!

Plant Sale/Exchange May 14

PLANT SALE/EXCHANGE RETURNS IN 2022! Start potting up your houseplants, perennials, herbs, annuals and shrubs. The Durham Library Annual Plant Sale and Exchange will be held on Saturday, May 14th. Plants may be dropped off at the library on Friday May 13th or before 9:30 am on the day of the event. The Sale/Exchange starts at 10 am. Plants must be in pots and labeled. Anyone wishing to exchange plants will receive a receipt, which will be credited for purchases at the sale.

To avoid the spread of invasive species and plant diseases, the UConn Extension Service recommends rinsing the roots and repotting plants in clean soil before swapping.

Passport to Connecticut Libraries

Enter for a chance to win a Visa gift card of up to $150.

Contest Dates: April 1 – 30

Over 140 Connecticut libraries are proud to participate in the Connecticut Library Association’s Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program. To celebrate National Library Week during April, the Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program invites you to visit all of the participating Connecticut public libraries. Each library has its own architecture, vibe and collection to explore and browse! The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is that it encourages residents to explore the amazing diversity of our public libraries.   Take your library card and passport to at least five libraries on the list to be eligible to win a $150 gift card for adults or a $100 gift card for children. Each age group will have two winners; one chosen in a random drawing and one “Top Traveler” prize awarded to the patron in each age group who has visited the most libraries. (A tie will be broken by a random drawing.)

Ask for your Passport at the circulation desk today & begin participating on April 1st!  Click Here for a List of Participating Libraries

This is a Connecticut Library Association initiative.