Message regarding the COVID-19 pandemic

In these uncertain times, the Friends of the Durham Library remains committed to maintaining the safety of our members and volunteers. We are eager to get back to sharing our love of books and serving the Durham community, but we are unable to accept donations and conduct our book sales at this time. When the Durham County Libraries re-open we hope to continue our mission of supporting the library's programs.

Thank you.

Fellow Book Lovers, we miss you and need your help!

Books Among Friends, the Friends of the Durham Library’s (FODL) big book sale location, is looking for a new home. Northgate Mall is no longer a viable option for us. We are eager to reopen in a site that would work as a Donation and Distribution Center and possibly, in the future, as our new book sale location. We need your help in finding a suitable spot at a relatively low cost.

We are looking for approximately 3,000 – 4,000 square feet in a safe and reasonably central location. It must have a bathroom and running water, a working HVAC system, easy access for donors, and safe parking for volunteers. We are fortunate to have shelving and equipment, so the less ”upfitting” the better. Every dollar we spend is a dollar less that can go the library, so donations of space, reduced rent, or even the donation of a building would be gratefully reviewed. 

The FODL Board and all the sorters are eager to serve you again, and we hear from the community that you have missed us, too! So please help us get back to business. We very much welcome any leads you may have! Please call 919-560-7159 or email with ideas.

Thank you!

Did you know. . .

that Friends of the Durham Library is a charity available on Amazon Smile?

You can link your existing Amazon account to Friends of the Durham Library at, then log in through whenever you shop Amazon, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate .5% of the purchase price of any eligible products to FODL. 

Book Sales at
Books Among Friends


Next Book Sale: TBD

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.

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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“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