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A Guide To The Billy Graham Library

July 28, 2011 5:37 PM

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One of the most iconic religious leaders has roots right here in North Carolina. A one-of-a-kind library that chronicles his accomplishments is here as well. The Billy Graham Library is said to be unlike any other public building in the world. Come to learn about the library and the iconic man behind it… Billy Graham.

The Billy Graham Library Is…

The Billy Graham Library is a 40,000-square-foot exceptional library that houses the details and artifacts and history of one exceptional religious leader, Mr. Billy Graham. Known as”America’s Pastor”, visitors are able to come to know Graham through the various books, videos, presentations and materials that are interwoven into the life and legacy of Graham.

Billy Graham

From humble beginnings to international appeal, Billy Graham grew up as an dairy farmer’s son to become one of the most prominent individuals in the Christian religion. Graham has met and prayed with and over Presidents, kings, queens, celebrities, and everyday men, women, and children. Whether he be in the far east or right here in the Carolinas… the question seems to remains the same, so says Graham; folks continue to ask: “Is there any hope for the future”, Graham says. He always replies;”Yes, through Jesus Christ.” Through over five decades of ministry, Graham has been able to bring the teachings and messages of Jesus Christ to the masses. Graham has been able to reach out to more than 215 million people in over 185 countries around the world. Despite ailing health and progressive age, Graham is still seen as an iconic world leader when it comes to understanding the messages hope, faith and love. He continues to spread those messages and has devoted his life to the principle that God loves each and every one of us and that love is everlasting.

To Make The Most of Your Visit…

Be prepared for an enthralling, educational and enlightening experience like no other. A wealth of knowledge and understanding awaits you! There are a few tips that make your visit to the library fun and exceptional:
-The library is open Monday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is closed on Sunday.
-Guests who choose to tour the Library, Homeplace, and Memorial Prayer Garden should allow at least 1½ to 2 hours for the visit. It is highly recommended that comfortable shoes be apart of your attire.
-Strollers and wheelchairs are NOT provided.
-Food and bookstore merchandise are available at posted prices; however, the prices do not include N.C. state sales tax. Personal checks, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa as well as cash are all accepted.

-Cameras are permitted in the exhibit areas, but you will be asked to refrain from flash photography.
-Donation boxes align the library but admission is absolutely free.
-Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and firearms are not permitted on the property.
-Pets are not allowed, unless there are service dogs that are there to help the visually impaired.

The History of the Library

Billy Graham was, at first against the idea of a library bearing his name. He was reportedly so adamant that he found that anything that would detract from the message he has preached for decades would do more harm than good. The concept of the library was then described as an institution that would continue his message and chronicle his crusades for generations to come; he later reportedly reconsidered. In accordance with In line with Mr. Graham’s wishes, the library brings the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the forefront and visitors are able to see, firsthand how Graham has been able to transform lives through his teachings and his belief in love, hope, faith and spiritual endurance through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Plans for the Library were announced on April 23, 2005, at the BGEA headquarters; the groundbreaking ceremony took place in August of that year.Although theLibrary complex includes Billy Graham’s childhood home, built in 1927 on their dairy farm about 3 miles away from the library, it is not to be considered a museum. Since its opening, more than 420,000 visitors have visited the library.


Throughout the year, a plethora of events ranging from “Christmas At the Library” to “Bikers With Boxes Charity Ride” are held. The events provide fellowship, opportunities to serve and memorable experiences shared with others through the journeys of life. Inspirational exhibits are also apart of the the events of the Billy Graham Library. Each provides encouragement and an opportunity to learn and reach new depths of personal growth.

Ruth’s Attic’s  Bookstore

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Named to honor Ruth Bell Graham’s lifelong love of the printed word, Ruth’s Attic’s Bookstore houses books that uplift the human spirit. They also are books written with encouragement, inspiration and enlightenment. Steeped in the teachings of Christianity and Jesus Christ, the bookstore also includes supplemental materials, spiritual DVDs, CDs, worship music and various apparel.

Ongoing Support

Three meaningful and poignant ways are seen as support for the library: donations, prayer and volunteerism. Although each is quite different, each allows service, stewardship and an opportunity to help change the lives of others. Through donations, the library is able to allow visitors to see, firsthand the message of Graham and the impact his message has had on the world. Through volunteering, individuals are able to serve and assist others… one of the principles Graham has based his life around. Through the power of prayer, the message of the Gospel can be transported to all whom enter the library. Each of us is on a journey to achieve greatness; the Billy Graham Library reminds us that through that journey, we are equipped for what the days and hours provide through challenges as well as triumphs. The Billy Graham Library serves as a places for spiritual resources, light and hope as we each continue…step by step to gain spiritual momentum in life.

Additional Information

Address & Phone:
4330 Westmont Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217

Hours & Admission:
Open Mon-Sat, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays.
Free Admission

From I-85:
Take Exit 33 — Billy Graham Parkway and follow Billy Graham Parkway/ US-521 approximately four miles. Turn left at the traffic light onto Westmont Drive. Follow Westmont Drive around to the left into the Library entrance.

From I-77 Traveling North:
Take Exit 6B — Merge onto Woodlawn/Billy Graham Parkway. Continue to second traffic light. Turn right onto Westmont Drive. Follow the road around to the left into the Library entrance.

From I-77 Traveling South:
Take Exit 6B-South Tryon Street. Turn right onto South Tryon Street. Turn right at intersection onto Billy Graham Parkway. Turn right onto Westmont Drive at the light. Follow the road around to the left into the Library entrance.

From I-485:
Take 485 to Exit 1. Turn north (right) onto S. Tryon Street. Follow S. Tryon Street approximately four miles to Billy Graham Parkway. Turn left onto Billy Graham Parkway, and turn right at the first traffic light onto Westmont Drive. Follow the road around to the left into the Library entrance.

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“What a glorious thing it would be if millions of us would avail ourselves of the greatest privilege and the greatest power this side of heaven—the privilege and power of prayer!” – Billy Graham

Cicely C. Mitchell

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