Welcome to the Friends of the Durham Library

The Friends of the Durham Library is nonprofit that helps fund programs, services, and materials at Durham County Library. You can help by becoming a member, attending a book sale at Books Among Friends, and by donating gently used books.


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We were sorry to learn of the death of Dr. Robert Wilkinson. Bob was involved with the Friends of the Durham Library  as a board member, volunteer, and avid rare book lover. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

The Wilkinson family has generously asked Dr. Wilkerson’s friends and family to make donations to the Friends in his name. If you would like to do that, you can send a check to us at:

Friends of the Durham Library, PO Box 3809, Durham, NC 27702-3809, or through our electronic portal.

To make a one time donation, go to our Become a Member page and scroll down to the Add an Additional Donation tab under the Membership Level tab.

Thank you.

Book Sales at
Books Among Friends


Next Book Sale: February 8 & 9, 2020


10 am–12 noon members only

*memberships available for sale at the door

12 noon – 4 pm regular sale/open to all



1 pm–4 pm $10 bag sale/open to public

Books Among Friends is located inside Northgate, 1058 W Club Blvd, Suite 252, Durham, NC 27701, to the immediate left of the former Sears. Books Among Friends does not have regular open hours. The store is open for six big sales in 2019. See the full schedule here.

Books Among Friends is stocked through donations. Your donations allow us to fund our programs and support the library staff. You can donate your gently used books at any of Durham County’s regional libraries and Stanford L. Warren Branch Library during regular hours. You can also bring your books to Books Among Friends on Tuesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

“There is no friend as loyal as a book.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ― Charles W. Eliot

“In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain

“Books may well be the only true magic.” ― Alice Hoffman