Library fund drive halfway to $1.5 million goal

From staff reportsApril 10, 2013 

A young patron reaches for reading matter at one of the Durham County Library's eight branches. The Library Foundation formally opened a $1.5-million fund-raising effort Friday to improve the system's services.


  • Spring Book Sale

    The Friends of the Durham Library Spring Book Sale at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., will offer more than 70,000 books, as well as audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. Prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers. Proceeds support library programs and services.

    The Spring Book Sale begins Friday with a Friends members-only evening from 4-7 p.m. Friends members have first choice at the sale on Friday, and you can buy a membership at the door beginning at 2 p.m. All library patrons are welcome April 13 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., as well as April 21 from 2-5 p.m. for the $7 bag sale (bags supplied by the Friends). Debit and credit cards will be accepted.

    Can’t make it to the Spring Book Sale? You can shop the Friends mini-booksales every day at seven Durham locations: American Tobacco Campus Strickland Building, 334 Blackwell St.; East Regional Library, 211 Lick Creek Lane; Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.; North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road; South Regional Library, 4505 Alston Ave.; Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road; and Stanford L. Warren Branch, 1201 Fayetteville St. Checks and cash only, please.

With half the money already in hand, the Durham Library Foundation formally opened a $1.5 million fundraising campaign Friday with an advance in automation.

To highlight the event, the Southwest Regional branch unveiled an Automated Delivery System that checks in books, tapes and other material as borrowers return them, then sorts them into bins for return to shelves.

“It goes a long way toward meeting our patrons’ expectations,” said library Director Tammy Baggett.

The system, manufactured by 3M, is “standard in most world-class library systems,” she said, and the first of its kind installed in North Carolina. Each of the Durham system’s four branches, and the Main Library downtown, is due to get one as a goal of the fundraising campaign.

Another goal is new furniture and fresh paint for the downtown branch, along with:

• Maintenance and improvement of services for patrons who cannot get to branch libraries through the Older Adults and Shut-In and Hispanic/Latino programs.

• Acquisitions, cataloging and storage for the North Carolina Collection of historical material.

• Special-event humanities programs.

• Offsets of budget shortages that have reduced money for adding to the collections.

The Foundation is promoting the campaign on its website,, and with displays in each branch.

“Our goal is to get the word out in a way that is fun, relevant and entirely appropriate for a creative community like Durham,” said campaign co-chairwoman Elizabeth Townsend.

Other donations

The 3M company sold the library its Automated Delivery System at a deep discount, according to a library statement.

The campaign has also received donations from GlaxoSmithKline, the SunTrust Foundation, BP, Family Fare, the C.M. Herndon Foundation and the Friends of the Durham Library.

The Foundation expects the current campaign to run for two more years. This is the Foundation’s second recent effort to raise money. The previous effort closed in 2008, bringing in $2.2 million.

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