Campaign for Main

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At 37 years old, the Main Library building often fell short of community needs and expectations. As the population in Durham increased, Main’s program rooms were often beyond capacity, computer stations were full, and study/lounge areas were inadequate. The library needed more room for programming and the much sought-after North Carolina Collection. Our beloved Main Library had reached the limits of the amount of technology that could be added with the current design. Campaign For Main—The Finishing Touch empowers Durham County Library to offer innovative and excellent programs to more people and to answer the Durham County Library’s mission call of Inspiring Lives, Transforming Durham.

In place of the original Main structure now stands a library that can bridge the legacy of traditional library services to the high-paced demands of the digital media age. Planning, design, construction, and basic furnishings were funded by a public bond issue that garnered overwhelming support. Please join us in finishing the job with furniture, equipment, and technology that will transform Durham’s Main Library into a place of extraordinary service and community pride.

Durham County civic leaders have united to raise funds for the transformation of our Main Branch, located at 300 North Roxboro Street.  The “quiet phase” will approach potential donors through personal calls and small events to share information on areas in the new building that will acknowledge gifts ranging from $5,000 to $300,000.

Plans are also underway for a community-based opportunity in the fall for citizens who “love their library” (seemingly most of Durham County!) to contribute to Main’s transformation. All contributions will be gratefully appreciated and put to immediate use for Durham’s Main Library, as together we create a place of extraordinary service and community pride. 

For information about naming opportunities, please contact Karen Wells, Executive Director of the Durham Library Foundation, at 919-864-8047 or email

• Reconfiguration of building entries and interiors for ease of use and enhanced visibility
• Comprehensive Literacy and Technology Center
– MakerSpace/S.T.E.A.M. (Science, technology, engineering, arts, math)
– Music/Video Studios
– Business Training
– Teaching/Networking
– Cultural Education
– More Public Computers
• Extensive program and collaboration areas for library and community use, including 300 seat auditorium
• Expanded and more accessible North Carolina Collection
• Prominent outdoor public plaza for events
• Advances in energy efficiency as part of Durham County’s sustainability initiative

Re-Opening Early 2020