North Regional Library

7009 Harps Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27615


History :

Originally opened in 1971 in North Hills Mall, this branch of Olivia Raney Library serving North Raleigh quickly grew and has migrated and changed names several times. In 1984 we became Twin Forks Library at the intersection of Lynn and Six Forks Roads. In 1986 we enlarged our scope and moved to a bigger space within the same office park as Northwest Regional Library. Northwest Regional was the busiest library in North Carolina for a number of years.

Ongoing growth prompted still further expansion: in 1991 we became North Regional Library and relocated to a leased 20,000-square-foot building and continued as the second busiest library in the state. In 2006, we relocated to our own building off Harps Mill and Falls of Neuse Roads. Our book collection has increased in volume and we plan to see an increase in annual circulation.

In 1995 we introduced public Internet access with two terminals. We currently have 23 Internet computers for kids and 39 for adults featuring Microsoft Office and internal links to our collection of electronic databases.

Since our beginning we have provided programs that educate and entertain children of all ages; more recently we have expanded our programming for adults. North Regional Library patrons are committed readers, encouraging their children to read. As a result, young people account for about half of all materials checked out.

North Raleigh is a rapidly growing area. Its residents support library service by visiting our branch often, attending programs, borrowing books and finding information. Our patrons continue to be the most important aspect of our history.

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