The Durham Public Library is the intellectual and cultural center for Durham, offering a supportive, welcoming environment that encourages all to…read…to discover…to question…to exchange ideas…to grow.

With almost 50,000 visitors annually, the Durham Public Library serves a large number of new and returning patrons. We are actively involved with the life of our community and seek to serve our patrons with excellence.


  • Established: 1894
  • Building size: 15,000 square feet
  • Collection size: 51,000 physical items (books, DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks, Magazines)
  • Ebooks, e-audiobooks, and online databases accessible 24 hours a day
  • Governance: Library Board of Trustees
  • Meeting rooms: 2
  • Study rooms: 2
  • Public access computers: 6
  • Annual circulation: over 110,000 items
  • Program attendance: over 7,000 annually
  • Wi-Fi access throughout the building

The Durham Public Library is a vital resource for our community – not only in what it has to offer in terms of resources and services, but also in terms of its warm, helpful staff.