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The Durham Library Foundation was founded as a 501 (c) 3 organization devoted to developing and encouraging long-term financial health and growth of the Durham County Library.

The Foundation solicits gifts from many sources, including those not available to a government-funded library. Private contributions are used to fund programs and improvements that the library could not otherwise afford, and those funds have ensured an extraordinary level of service for Durham, North Carolina citizens.

Impact Stories


2022-23 Grants Announced

DLF Aspires to Close the Financial Gap Between Publicly Funded Library Services and the Exceptional Resources Bull City Citizens Have Come to Expect


Providing Digital Access for All Durham Residents

Free Internet for Underserved Families


Small Business Center Builds Equity in Entrepreneurship

Equalizing the Playing Field for All


Enriching North Durham’s Homeschool Community

Science Kits Advance Children’s Literacy


Uplifting Durham Through Empathy and Understanding

Enhanced Humanities Programming Provides Opportunity for Growth


Library Fest Showcases that Libraries Provide More than Just Books

Celebrating Local Chefs, Farmers and Restaurateurs

Your Generous Gifts Made a Lot of Good Happen



Additional funding helped narrow the wait time by 12 days.


Tech Kits

Computers, hot spots, resources, and backpacks for loan at Durham County Library’s Bragtown location.


“Push and Play”

Books for youngest readers not requiring a device to tell the story.



Reading, science, and craft kits at system-wide locations.


North Carolina Collection

Grants provided for the re-binding of North Carolina Collection rare books.

Express Yourself

Express Yourself

Multimedia Production Studio for South Branch for tween, teens, and emerging adults.


Women Run Durham

A panel event of esteemed female community leaders including Durham Chief of Police, Chair of Durham County Commissioners, Durham City Manager, and Durham Mayor.


Get Set, Get Ready, Let’s Read

29 at-home daycare facilities receive delivery of rotating books serving 145 children.


Library Fest

A week-long celebration of libraries and their services – and a chance to welcome people back, in person. The theme of “Food” was a framework of diverse programming for all ages.


Saturday Family Fun Hour

Weekend family programming provides free entertaining and enriching activities, including partnerships with Durham’s Music Together and Durham’s Kinder music.

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