LGBT Center of Raleigh

Mailing Address: 19 West Hargett Street Suite 507 - Raleigh NC 27601 - 919-832-4484

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is physically closed for programs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we continue to meet virtually! Those virtual offerings can be found here. If you have questions or are seeking resources, you can call 919-832-4484 seven days a week between the hours of 12pm and 4pm, and your call will be answered by a staff member or volunteer, or you can email

We are holding HIV and STI testing at our new location at 19 W Hargett St in downtown Raleigh every Monday from 5:00 pm to 7:45 pm.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Books in the Library

Frequently Asked Questions about the Library

LGBT Center of Raleigh Library
Frequently Asked Questions



Q. What are the library’s hours?
A. The library is open during normal business hours of the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Visit the Center’s website for hours of operation.

Q. Is a library card required to check out materials?
A. Yes!

Q. Who qualifies for a library card?
A. Current residents of NC Triangle (Wake, Durham, & Orange counties)

Q. How do I check out books?
A. If you are 18 years or older, you’ll need to:

  • Complete a library card application
  • Show proof of current local residence
  • Provide an active email address or phone number
  • Pay $5 one-time membership contribution to borrow books OR/AND
  • Pay $5 one-time Disc Club contribution to borrow DVDs, CDs, and Audiobooks.

A. If you are under 18 years old, you’ll need to:

  • Complete a library card application
  • Show proof of local residence (such as a school report card)
  • Provide an active email address or phone number
  • No membership cost for young adults under age 18
  • For children under age 12: see complete library policies
  • Note the Disc Club is not open to people under age 18

Library Card Application - Fillable PDF File

Q. How many items can I borrow once I first obtain my library card?
A. During your first visit, you can check out a single item. After you return this item, you will have full use of the library.

Q. How long can I borrow a book from the library?
A. You can borrow a book for a period of 2 weeks.

Q. Can I renew a book after the 2 week loan period?
A. Yes, if it is not on hold, you can renew it up to 2 more times.

Q. What is the maximum amount of books I can borrow during a single visit?
A. 2 books.

Q. How do I check out DVDs and CDs?
A. If you are 18 years or older, you’ll need to:

  • Complete a library card application
  • Pay $5 one-time Disc Club fee to borrow DVDs and CDs

Q. How long can I borrow a DVD or a CD from the library?
A. The loan period is 8 days.

Q. Can I renew a DVD or a CD after the 8 day loan period?
A. Yes, if it is not on hold, you can renew it one more time.

Q. What is the maximum amount of DVDs and CDs that I can borrow during a single visit?
A. Either one DVD or one CD.

Q. Who can view the Special Collection?
A. Only people age 18 or older.

Q. What happens if I lose my library card?
A. You will need to pay a $3 fee for a replacement card before checking out any materials.

Q. Are any materials restricted from checkout?
A. Yes. Reference and Special Collection books cannot be borrowed.

Q. Does the library charge late fees and/or issue late fee notices?
A. Yes. For books, the late fee is 25 cents a day. For DVDs and CDs, the late fee is $1 a day. You will be reminded via email or phone of overdue materials.

Q. What happens if materials still aren’t returned to the library?
A. After 2 months, your library borrowing privileges will be suspended until all fees have been resolved.

Q. Will the library keep my borrowing history and personal information private?
A. Yes!

Q. Can I check my email, chat, or surf the Internet on the library catalog?
A. No. The library catalog computer is intended for library use only.

Q. What do the colored spine labels mean?
A. Red label = bisexual interest
Orange label = gay male interest
Yellow label = lesbian interest
Green label = transgender interest
Blue label = queer/gender-fluid interest
Clear label = general LGBT interest

Q. How are the books arranged in the library?
A. The nonfiction books follow the Library of Congress classification system. The fiction books are alphabetized by author last name.

Q. Does the library have subject categories?
A. Yes! Look for these stickers on non-fiction: Allies, African-American, Biography, Coming Out, Health, History, Local Author, Parenting, Social Issues, etc. Look for these stickers on fiction: Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novels, Short Stories, and Westerns.

Q. Does the library offer reading groups/book clubs?
A. Yes! The Lesbian Book Club and Raleigh Rainbow Reading Group both meet monthly. See the Center’s online calendar for more details.

Q. I’m interested in becoming a library volunteer. Who do I contact?
A. You can send an email to

Q. Is the library still accepting donations?
A. Yes, always! We depend on your donations of books, DVDs and CDs to add to our collection or to our book sale proceeds.

Please consult the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library Policies for complete information regarding registering for a library card, borrowing and returning library materials, confidentiality of patron records and limitations of use of the library catalog computer.

About the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library: Since the Library opened in October 2011, the collection has increased to almost 2000 volumes focused on and celebrating LGBT life. The Library’s collection development priorities are aimed at supporting the resource and information needs of the Center’s vital outreach programs such as the Gay & Gray Initiative, Youth Coffeehouse, Affirming Faith Forum, and Transgender Initiative. The Library is also a welcoming place for family members and allies of LGBT people, offering access to indispensable books such as Always My Child, Loving Someone Gay, and Helping Your Transgender Teen.

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