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.

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Annual Giving

DLF celebrate donors and gifts of every size, and we are frequently inspired by our contributors. Emily Sloop sent a note with her gift that said, “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

Leave a gift to the Foundation that will sustain the library through the years.

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).

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with NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and Chapel Hill Poet Laureate CJ Suitt!


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