Explore Durham’s Soul Music History

In the 1960’s and 1970’s, many soul, funk, and R&B performers lived and worked in Durham, NC. More than 40 groups recorded singles and full-length albums in this time period. Ten recording labels were based in Durham during those decades.

Durham County Library’s North Carolina Collection, put together a comprehensive web exhibit, Bull City Soul, where you can learn about this fascinating musical history.

Read about musical origins and influences, see profiles, images, and discographies of the musical artists.  Learn about the politics of the time, local live music venues, and record stores that contributed to this vibrant culture and history.

Skull & Bones group

Skull & Bones promotional photo,
© 2014 Joshua Clark Davis, Jason Perlmutter, Lincoln Hancock

This 2014 project was funded by the Durham Library Foundation, Duke University, and North Carolina Humanities Council. This web exhibit is based on two projects which began in 2005 by local record collector and record store owner, Jason Perlmutter.  Perlmutter launched a website, Carolina Soul History to share his research.  “The Carolina Soul website serves as a living encyclopedia of soul music made in North and South Carolina.”

Did you know our library has music CDs available for checkout?  Search the online catalog to locate artists and albums.  These are shelved on the lower level of the library.






Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month

During the month of June, LGBT Pride Month is celebrated each year in memory of the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were one of the key events of the  Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Library of Congress honors LGBT pride month and their “collections contain many books, posters, sound recordings, manuscripts and other resources produced by, about and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.” Explore the Library of Congress LGBT Audio and Video collections.

(AP Photo/Noah Berger) Image from www.msnbc.com

(AP Photo/Noah Berger) Image from www.msnbc.com

Films on Demand also features an excellent collection of films about the Gay Liberation Movement and LGBT history and culture.

You can also locate many books and DVDs in our library collection in support of LGBT Pride Month.







Take a look at our new books!

Check out our new books for June.  Even thought these are primarily nonfiction, we have lots of popular and literary fiction for summer reading.  Search the library’s online catalog by title, author, or subject to locate good books.  We have a display on the lower level of the library featuring a lot of our new books and a new book shelf by the reference desk full of new titles.  Enjoy!


Writing Help at the Library

Reading and writing are a huge part of being a college student. Essays, research papers and exams require students to think critically and put those thoughts into words. Many written assignments necessitate citations, with which students demonstrate that they have consulted sources and synthesized the information they discover with their own thoughts into a cogent analysis with original conclusions. The library is here to help! Continue Reading →

New Computer Books available

Want to brush up on your HTML skills, create an app, program with JAVA or SAS, repair a PC, or learn PHP 7?  Check out some of our new computer books selected by Tom Murphy, Assistant Dean, Information Technologies Programs. 

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Also explore, ebrary’s Computer and IT books e-book collection online.  There are more than 3,000 titles! Click on the Computers & IT collection to browse books or search for topics or titles individually.

ebrary ebook collection