Library awarded $147K state grant



This month, the Durham state legislative delegation announced the approval of a state grant to support renovations to the Durham Public Library.

State Sen. Paul Cicarella (R-34), House Republican Leader Vincent Candelora (R-84), Sen. Christine Cohen (D-12), and Rep. John-Michael Parker (D-101) thanked the State Bond Commission for approving the allocation of $147,000 to support library improvements.

“The Durham Library is a fixture of our community and this funding enables it to best serve our community as a center of learning and conversations for years to come. I thank the state for recognizing the importance in investing in our libraries to promote literacy, community, and education access,” said Cicarella.

The Durham Public Library developed a plan to update the building’s interior. Upgrades will provide new quiet study areas, community gathering spaces and updated technology access. The project will also add automated entry doors and ADA-compliant furnishings to improve access.

“We listened to local officials, did our due diligence, and worked together as a team for the benefit of the people of Durham,” said Cohen. “I want to thank my legislative colleagues and Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for seeing the value of this public project and for bringing it over the goal line.”

Earlier this year, Cicarella, Candelora, Cohen and Parker penned a letter urging state support for the project. "The library is dedicated to providing the residents of Durham with reliable access to books, programming, and other informational resources," the lawmakers stated. "It is a vital asset to our community, serving over 100,000 patrons annually. The library’s appearance and functionality are of utmost importance to encourage an adequate learning environment."

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