In the short time I have lived in Durham I have absolutely fallen in love with this place. The resources available are second to none, whether it be books, stations to work at, a place for the kids to play, the STEAM studio or simply just a place to relax. It's become a habit of mine to come by here after work, pick a random book of the shelves and just read and unwind. There's plenty of space and seating to do so. Also helps that the library space itself is genuinely beautiful, inside and out. They also organize a ton of events, both at the library and around town as well, many of them being free to the public. Seriously, if you are a Durham County resident and haven't come by here yet you are genuinely missing out on one of the best of its kind services in the region, maybe even the state.
Aug 9, 2023
The library is welcoming and cutting edge st the same time. There's something for everyone to enjoy; books, media, computers, maker lab, and more. Patrons can also experience unique programming any day or evening of the week.
Aug 7, 2023
I went to the Durham County Library downtown. My purpose was to find books on North Carolina cultures and history, and the whole experience turned out to be quite delightful.
May 23, 2023
Beautiful, large library. It would be five stars if they had all the information you need on the website such as the hours for the Innovation Lab which are Monday closed, Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 3-7, Thursday 10-2, Friday 1-5, and Saturday 11-1 and 3-5
Apr 24, 2023
I can’t understand why more people don’t just bring this library up in regular conversations. It is GORGEOUS! The beautiful straight lines, the classic architecture, the sky lights to provide endless amounts of sunshine, the wood staircase, the patio seating overlooking downtown area, the cute study seating towards the 4th floor, the sensory rooms to decompress the little ones, and the remarkable teen/youth area. This library is something you’d think would belong in a major metropolitan area and it’s here in Durham! I love it! I’ve made it a point to just visit once a month even if I’m not checking out a book. To sit quietly, meditate and take in the amazingly inspiring space. Thank you Durham for being the cool kid who doesn’t need to show off!!!!