Summer 2021 Library Hours & Services [Updated Friday, June 18]


During the week of May 24, hours  changed to our summer schedule. 
Main Campus plans to be open Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Orange County Campus plans to be open from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Monday. Virtual services will be available on Friday from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. 

To ask about the availability of resources or verify current hours, email the Library ( or call 919-536-7211 x1631. You will need to show a photo ID (preferably your student ID) at the check-in desk to use the Durham Tech Library. Face coverings over the nose and mouth are no longer required while on campus as of May 24, 2021. You may still choose to wear one. We especially encourage those who have not yet been vaccinated to continue wearing a face covering. Hours may change during the week as required for the College's COVID response plan. Please check the library homepage or call the library before coming to campus. Updates will be posted and sent out to the college community. When available, library chat (ChatStaff) is staffed by Durham Tech Librarians Monday through Friday during business hours. Library staff are available through email as well--if the chat is inactive during the day, please email with questions. Students, faculty, and staff may request appointments at the Northern Durham Center, Orange County Campus, and Main Campus at alternate times through the library email account ( We will try our best to work with you.

Durham Tech’s Coronavirus Response page has more information about contact tracing and other resources for faculty, staff, and students. Durham Tech’s 2021 Summer Guidelines page has more information about current College operations and rationale. 

Please remember to be considerate of those around you as we transition into this new phase. 

Students who need to pick up or drop off loaner Chromebooks should contact library staff either by phone (919-536-7211, extension 1631) or email ( to schedule an appointment, including discussing options for picking up or dropping off after scheduled hours.

Students who are enrolled in upcoming classes either during the summer or fall at Durham Tech and need to renew should contact the library. 

Students who need to return rented textbooks to the bookstore should follow instructions from the Bookstore to get return credit. Questions about rental textbooks should be directed to the Bookstore. 

For more information about current Library operations, keep reading!

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What We’re Reading: I Will Teach You to Be Rich

I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi, Second edition

This book was read by Courtney Bippley, Main Campus Reference Librarian and Library podcaster.

Title: I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition 

Author: Ramit Sethi

Genre: Self-help/Personal finance

Read Great Things Challenge 2021 Categories: A book that will help with your self care, A book recommended by a Durham Tech Library staff member, Choose your own category (Personal finance book).

Summary: From Not just another boring, personal finance book. You don’t have to be perfect to be rich. Or the smartest person in the room. Or a type-A personality. In fact, with Ramit Sethi’s six-week program to financial independence, you can start with any amount of money, do just 85% of what he suggests, and succeed brilliantly through good times and bad.

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Virtual Student Art Show

Welcome to the Durham Tech Virtual Student Art Show! Presented by Viva the Arts, it showcases over 100 pieces from students in our Fine Arts classes. Navigate through the show below or open it in a new window at this link. We’re thankful to be able to continue to showcase our talented students despite the pandemic. 

If you’re interested in purchasing a piece of art contact Tim Postell ( 

Questions, comments, or concerns can be sent to Courtney Bippley ( 

What We’re Reading: While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams

while justice sleeps by stacey abrams
Available at the Orange County Campus
(PS 3601 .B746 W45 2021)

A Supreme court justice in a mysterious coma puts his clever clerk in charge and in [repeated] danger in this exciting political thriller that deals with secret government dealings, bioethics, justice, regular ethics, corporate mergers, a chess move as metaphor, and complex family relationships. 

Title: While Justice Sleeps

Author: Stacey Abrams (yes, that Stacey Abrams)

Genre: Contemporary fiction, political thriller, who-dunnit

Read Great Things 2021 Categories: A book about family; Choose your own category–A THRILLER; A book recommended by Durham Tech Library staff (our favorite category)

This book was read by Meredith Lewis, the (mostly) Orange County Campus Librarian. 

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Read a Pie, Bake a Pie, Eat a Pie

There should be another word for cookbooks that are only recipes for baked desserts. Bakebooks? Dessertbooks? Bakertbooks? We can workshop it later.

Regardless of what they are called, the library has them! I used one to make a pie on Memorial Day and it did not disappoint. The recipe came from Pie Every Day: Recipes and Slices of Life by Pat Willard. Click through to the rest of the post to see how my pie turned out!

Pie Every Day: Recipes and Slices of Life with 30 crusts and 118 ways to fill them. By Pat Willard.
Pie: not just for March 14th.
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Durham Tech’s First Virtual Open House

Have you signed up for Durham Tech’s First Virtual Open House? 

2021 Virtual Open House. Durham Tech logo and Do great things tagline

The 3-hour event will take place on Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and will provide information on College Admission, Financial Aid, Career Services, Student Support Services, and various other areas of the college. Following the Open House, the College will have virtual booths open for additional questions and information for specific Durham Tech departments.

As a part of the Student Support Services department, the Library has created a short (very short!) video highlighting our main services and friendly (masked) faces. Click through to check it out! 

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Out Loud in the Library: Strategic Planning with Stephen Brooks

Out Loud in the Library: Durham Tech Library Podcast

Interested in Durham Tech’s strategic planning process? Strategic Planning Committee member (and fellow librarian) Stephen Books answers all my questions. What is a strategic plan? Where is the data coming from? How will it be implemented? All this and more in our conversation.

Stephen read March, which is available at the Durham Tech Library. He’s counting it on his 2021 Read Great Things Challenge list. Are you participating in the reading challenge yet? Find out more on the library blog!

Out Loud in the Library: Men of Color Scholars Institute

Learn all about the new Men of Color Scholars Institute at Durham Tech from Blake Williams and Dr. Keyma Clark. 

Out Loud in the Library: Durham Tech Library Podcast

The transcript will be available on the podcast website soon. I hope you enjoyed the podcast this year. We’ll be back in the fall with new updates and new interviews! Remember to like, subscribe, or follow the podcast wherever you listen. And, reviews make my heart happy.

Have a great summer!