A Message from the President of the Foundation

As a business owner in this community for more than 30 years, I’ve seen Durham County Library grow not only in size, with a library location within 5 miles of most County residents, but also in importance to the people of Durham. By providing top-notch programs and services to all in Durham, the library provides avenues to education and enrichment, facts and fun, and community and creativity. We have a great library system in Durham! How do we keep it that way, and make it even better?

As president of Durham Library Foundation, I know that my tax dollars, and yours, help to fund the basic costs of running the library. Yet so much more funding is needed to provide the “but fors” that make this library system so special to all of us. “But for” your support and funding from Durham Library Foundation, our library would have to curtail or stop many library services and programs.

This year, I am asking you to support Durham Library Foundation in two ways.

  • Give to the Annual Fund. This fund supports the on-going, day-to-day expenses of library programs and services like Summer Reading and the collection with large print/audio books and e-materials. Also, Durham County Library’s award-winning humanities programming would not be possible without Annual Fund giving. This year’s signature event, a visit from inaugural poet Richard Blanco, drew over 500 people. But for support from Durham Library Foundation that would not have happened.
  • Earn your stripes by making an additional gift to the Campaign for the Library. The Foundation is more than halfway to its $1.5 million goal of funding six significant areas of the library. The additional funds raised through the Campaign will help us to keep Durham County Library one of the best in the state, if not the country.

You can help to keep our library great by supporting Durham Library Foundation. Please give generously to the Annual Fund and the Campaign for the Library. Thank you!


Phil Hutchings
President / Durham Library Foundation

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