Durham Library Foundation:

Building a World-Class Library System

We were created by a group of Durham County leaders who shared a simple belief: That public libraries are among the most important institutions in American Society.

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Support the Durham Library Foundation

We are sustained today by a growing number of citizens who share the conviction that free access to information, programs, and services is a linchpin to democracy. Won’t you join us in our efforts to develop and sustain a world-class library system in Durham County?

You can give annually, make a one-time contribution to the transformation of Main Library (opening spring of 2020), bestow gifts of stock, and engage with us on planned giving opportunities. Thank you for helping our libraries stay relevant, vibrant, and enjoyed by all, and for helping Durham Library Foundation fulfill its mission of excellence.


Annual Giving

DLF celebrate donors and gifts of every size and we are frequently inspired by our contributors. Emily Sloop wrote, “Keep up the Reading Program. I was a little girl who climbed the maple tree in her yard in Asheville, NC, and read all summer. I know what it means to be transported to lands beyond my mountains and still do at 85 years! Thank you.”


Planned Giving

Planned giving is leaving a gift to the Foundation that will help sustain the Durham County library beyond your lifetime. Planned giving is a wonderful way for someone who loves the library to make a high-impact contribution.

Funded Programs

In 2018-2019, combined funds from the DLF Annual Campaign and endowment allocations enabled the Foundation to award $184,700 to the Durham County Public Library for: Humanities ($49,500), Summer Reading ($25,000), Collections ($30,000), Library Youth Partners ($20,200), Unrestricted Grant ($35,000) and Go for Launch ($25,000).

 Durham County Main Library Transformation

In place of the original Main Branch Library in downtown Durham now stands a library that can bridge traditional library services to the high-paced demands of the digital media age. The state-of-the- art library scheduled for opening in early 2020 was funded by a $43,000,000 bond in 2016. Private donors have come forward to help finish the job with furniture, equipment, and technology that will transform Durham’s main Branch into a place of extraordinary service and community pride.

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