Richard B. Harrison Library

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Richard B. Harrison Library

Originally located in a small storefront building in the hear t of the black business community, the library first opened in 1935 with a collection of 890 books. Under the leadership of Mollie Huston Lee, the library’s founder and first African American librarian in Wake County, and with strong community support t, the library grew, causing it to move twice before settling into the current location. The Lee Collection is a major draw for researchers interested in African-American history, with more than 8,000 volumes. Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9am-8pm; Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-5pm.


Our Mission:

To promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County.

Our Priorities:

To reach our mission we are guided by the following five priorities:

  • Services to children
  • Recreational reading
  • Being a center of lifelong learning
  • The library as community center
  • Bridging the technology gap

Consistently rated as one of the best places to live and work in America, Wake County is home to a world-class library system committed to providing excellent service to its customers.

1313 New Bern Ave.
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