Fact Sheet: Billy Graham Library
To continue the legacy of delivering the simple Gospel message around the world, the Billy Graham Library depicts the life and ministry of evangelist Billy Graham. Returning to Graham's childhood on the family dairy farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, the entrance to the 40,000-square-foot Library resembles a barn. It houses six exhibits, four galleries and two theaters covering the span of Graham's lifetime of ministry, reaching some 215 million people on six continents.
Exhibits on the self-guided, 90-minute tour utilize multimedia displays, including rare film footage and more than 350 photographs, depicting Billy Graham's historic evangelistic events; his pioneering use of radio, television and films; meetings with presidents and other world leaders; and a fascinating glimpse into his personal life. Visitors can also see an exhibit on the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association—reflecting the ongoing global work and expansion of the ministry. The Billy Graham Library includes a restaurant, an archive for Graham's personal papers, 13,000 personal books and a tour of the Graham Family Homeplace, where Graham lived for several years during his youth. More than 1.1 million people have visited the Library since it opened on June 5, 2007.
The Billy Graham Library was dedicated May 31, 2007, with a message from former President George H. W. Bush and remarks from former Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Some 1,500 invited guests witnessed the event in front of the recently completed facility. "Listening to all these great speeches...I feel terribly small and humbled by it all," Graham said at the dedication. "My whole life has been lived to please the Lord and to honor Jesus, not to see me, not to think about me."
1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201
- Four miles from the farm where Billy Graham grew up
- Three miles south of Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Open to the public, free of charge
Hours of operation
Closed to the public until Wednesday, March 7
Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- In a recreated farm environment reminiscent of the Graham dairy farm of the 1920s, visitors experience exhibits, multimedia displays and films.
- The Library includes six exhibits, four galleries and two theaters, which visitors explore during a self-guided, 90-minute tour.
- Exhibits include:
- A feature on Graham's innovative use of broadcast media to share the Gospel throughout his decades of ministry.
- A room dedicated to Ruth Bell Graham, daughter of missionaries to China and Billy Graham's wife and ministry partner.
- A reproduction of a portion of the Berlin Wall to highlight Graham's spiritual impact in once communist-controlled countries in Eastern Europe.
The Billy Graham Library is 40,000 square feet.
The Library is located on a 63-acre campus that includes the Graham Family Homeplace and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association international headquarters.
The Library entrance is dominated by a glass cross, measuring 24 feet wide and 40 feet high.
The Billy Graham Library includes a bookstore, Ruth's Attic, and a cafe, The Graham Bros. Dairy Bar.
A 60-foot grain silo frames the right side of the Library entrance, adding to the barn-style building front.
The Billy Graham Library is the repository for Billy Graham's personal papers, including correspondence, ministry records and sermon manuscripts.
At the foot of a cross-shaped walkway on the east side of the Library is a prayer garden, containing stone from Montreat, North Carolina, where the Grahams lived for more than 50 years. Ruth Bell Graham was buried in the cross-shaped Prayer Garden on June 17, 2007.