10 Best Libraries in North Carolina

In an age when research is done on smart phones, libraries are still alive and well. Libraries are far more than just a place for books. These days they offer all kinds of programs, lectures, and events. They also encourage reading and many offer classes that teach people to read. They lend videos and music. And don’t forget—they’re still a fabulous source for borrowing books. The following are the 10 best libraries in North Carolina. 

Duke University Libraries, Durham, NC

Even if you’re not currently a Duke University student or faculty member, you can access the Duke University Libraries by paying $100 per year to the Friends of the Duke University Libraries. It’s well worth the cost. The library system is a wealth of resources—both in book form and in the form of human support for those wanting to become proficient in specific topics. This payment allows access to Perkins and Bostock Libraries, Divinity School Library, Goodson Law Library, Lilly Library and the Music Library. The possibilities available within this mix of library resources is limitless.

Greensboro Public Library, Greensboro, NC

Take a class about online careers. Bring your kids to a STEM story time. Learn how to operate or how to learn something new about your computer. You can do all these things and more at the Greensboro Public Library. Be sure to check out the programs available for teens, as well as even more things planned for adults and their children. Be sure to check out that new best-seller while you’re there.

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James B. Hunt, Jr. Library, Raleigh, NC

James B. Hunt, Jr. Library is one of a handful of libraries within the U.S. with a bookBot. This is a robotic book delivery system that can store up to two million books in a climate controlled facility, and then deposit them to the library within just five minutes. This means far more books are available to those accessing the library. This library also has a Makerspace, where students can undertake electronics projects, 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, Cutting & Milling, Wearables and more. There are workshops available for all seeking to use the Makerspace.

North Carolina Government and Heritage Library, Raleigh, NC

A wealth of historical information is available at North Carolina Government and Heritage Library. Books, displays, videos, music and more are exceptional resources available to those wanting to know more about the history of the state of North Carolina. Genealogy, statistics, video and research guides and a card catalog make research fun. A huge digital collection of photos is available as well.

Graham Public Library, Graham, NC

Graham Public Library offers workshops for those wanting to become writers, a GED class for those who didn’t graduate from high school, craft workshops for kids, music classes and more. Homework help is available every day after school for children in Kindergarten through Grade 8. The library’s belief is that by nurturing students, as well as adults within the community, that a love for learning—as well as a lifelong appreciation for the library—will ensue.

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Durham County Library, Durham, NC

Durham County Library comprises a short list of libraries within the community, all of which serve the people of Durham County. Their Kid Code Workshop teaches kids to code, leading them toward excitement about possible fields of study in their futures. A MakerLab affords people of all ages the opportunities to work on projects they might otherwise have neglected to pursue. One on one tutoring and job coaching is available for veterans. There are many additional programs and workshops available for kids of all ages.

Bordeaux Public Library, Fayetteville, NC

Part of the Cumberland County Public Library System, Bordeaux Public Library has something for just about everyone. There are programs for homeschoolers, as well as for school children of all ages. There are workshops for teens and after school help for them as well. A job and career resource center is available to all. There is career and education assistance for our country’s veterans. Programs for the community include the arts, lectures, talks by authors and more.

Cameron Village Regional Library, Raleigh, NC

Featuring a year-long program on becoming an American, Cameron Village Regional Library offers way more than just books. They’ve scheduled live performances, documentaries and a host of discussions to teach the Cameron Village region about what’s involved in becoming a citizen of the U.S., both decades ago and now. In addition, the library offers after school and arts programs for school-age children, and a wealth of evening opportunities for adults to learn and join together with others within the community. They support adult book clubs, and learning to read programs for both adults and children.

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High Point Public Library, High Point, NC

Story time for toddlers, yoga for kids and art lessons are just a few of the offerings High Point residents can enjoy via High Point Public Library. They also make passes available to families who want to visit the local museum. Add to that the books, videos and CDs available for research or to loan, and this community has a valuable asset at their fingertips. 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC

Writer’s groups, technology tutoring, homework help, Spanish, learning to read programs and more are all available at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Guest speakers grace the library frequently and draw huge crowds from the local area. A Board Games group and a LEGO club keep learning fun.

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