Durham homeless may lose refuge if library closes

By Jessica Coates

The main branch of the Durham Public Library. On Nov. 8, Durham County will vote on a $44.3 million bond that would go toward renovations for the 36-year-old building. (Jessica Coates / Carolina Connection)

In Durham, the main branch of the public library is a gathering place for everyone. But it’s a popular place for the homeless people where they can access the internet, use the bathroom and find shelter in bad weather.

If voters approve a bond referendum next month, the library branch might be closing temporarily… so that extensive renovations can take place.

That may leave the homeless without the library’s accommodations for two years.


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