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Richard B. Harrison Library


Originally located in a small storefront building in the heart of the business community, the Richard B. Harrison Community Library first opened in 1935 with a collection of 890 books. Mrs. Mollie Lee, the library’s founder and first African-American librarian in Wake County, obtained such strong community support for the growing library that it moved twice before settling into its current location in 1967, when the library merged with the Wake County Public Library system. The library was renovated in 1989 and completely renovated in 2011. The Mollie Huston Lee Collection is a major draw for researchers and those interested in African-American History, with more than 6,000 volumes composed of both adult and juvenile fiction and nonfiction, serials, pamphlets and vertical file materials.


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1313 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27610

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919-856-5720

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Hours:
Monday–Thursday
9 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Saturday
10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Admission: Free

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