Borrowing Privileges for Duke Student, Faculty and Staff at Ivy League Libraries

Beginning October , a new agreement known as BorrowDirect Plus will allow students, faculty and staff from the IviesPlus institutions to have on-site borrowing privileges at member institutions. Participating institutions include:

Brown University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Dartmouth College

Duke University

Harvard University

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Princeton University

University of Chicago

University of Pennsylvania

Yale University


While the Duke libraries have always had an open-door policy to visitors from other academic institutions, many of the Ivies libraries have policies that require special registration or access cards obtained through a privileges office to use the facilities. Under this agreement all someone from Duke needs do is present their Duke ID card to staff at a participating library and successfully log in to “My Account” to show their current affiliation with Duke. Once verified, they will be issued a library card for that institution.

BorrowDirect is an unmediated library resource sharing partnership encompassing eleven Ivies Plus academic institutions supplying over 230,000 books, music scores, and other returnable library items per year. BorrowDirect went live in the fall of 1999 after a four year planning and development period during which the three founding institutions, Columbia, Penn, and Yale, partnered with the Research Libraries Group (RLG) for project management and assessment. The BorrowDirect Partnership expanded to seven member libraries in 2002 with the addition of Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Princeton. In 2004, the Partnership exceeded 100,000 transactions for the first time. The Partnership grew to include Harvard and MIT in 2011. The University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins each joined in 2013 and 2014 respectively. Since its inception, BorrowDirect has successfully filled over 1.8 million user requests and counting.

BorrowDirect offers library users the ability to search and request research material from a federated union catalog of over 50 million volumes. Real time shelf status and a load leveling algorithm distribute requests evenly across the Partnership, and expedited delivery ensures a 3-5 day turnaround for all requests. Making use of NISO standards, BorrowDirect integrates with the disparate library systems to provide local circulation of borrowed material and integrated resource management throughout the lifecycle of the transaction.

Please note that BorrowDirect Plus is a separate program and is for onsite access and borrowing privileges only and is not for interlibrary loan. Library access information and borrowing policy details are maintained by each institution and may vary from one institution to another. New accounts must be created at the location and within the hours set by each institution. Please review policies for an institution prior to your first library visit.

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Take a Look at What’s New!

This Winter saw the release of four new publications from Divinity School faculty. Also included on this list are the recent publications of faculty and staff across Duke University in the area of religion and theology. The following titles are available through the library catalog and wherever books are sold! Some are available as e-books for quick download to your computer.

Acolatse, Esther E. “For Freedom or Bondage? A Critique of African Pastoral Practices” (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
In For Freedom or Bondage? Esther Acolatse argues that Christian pastoral practices in many African churches include too much influence from African traditional religions. She examines Ghana Independent Charismatic churches as a case study, offering theological and psychological analysis of current pastoral care practices through the lenses of Barth and Jung. Facilitating a three-strand conversation between African traditional religion, Barthian theology, and Jungian analytical psychology, Acolatse interrogates problematic cultural narratives and offers a more nuanced approach to pastoral care.

Hauerwas, Stanley: “Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflection on Church, Politics, and Life” (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
In this book Stanley Hauerwas explores the significance of eschatological reflection for helping the church negotiate the contemporary world.
In Part One, “Theological Matters,” Hauerwas directly addresses his understanding of the eschatological character of the Christian faith. In Part Two, “Church and Politics,” he deals with the political reality of the church in light of the end, addressing such issues as the divided character of the church, the imperative of Christian unity, and the necessary practice of sacrifice. End, for Hauerwas, has a double meaning — both chronological end and end in the sense of “aim” or “goal.”
In Part Three, “Life and Death,” Hauerwas moves from theology and the church as a whole to focusing on how individual Christians should live in light of eschatology. What does an eschatological approach to life tell us about how to understand suffering, how to form habits of virtue, and how to die? (William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)

Marshall-Turman, Eboni: “Toward a Womanist Ethic of Incarnation: Black Bodies, the Black Church, and the Council of Chalcedon” (Palgrave Macmillan)
The Black Church is an institution that emerged in rebellion against injustice perpetrated upon black bodies. How is it, then, that black women’s oppression persists in black churches that espouse theological and ethical commitments to justice? The book engages the Chalcedonian Definition as the starting point for exploring the body as a moral dilemma. It reveals how the body of Christ has historically posed a problem for the church, and has produced a Christian trajectory of violence that has resulted in the breaking of the body of Christ. A survey of the black body as an American problem provides the lens for understanding how the theological problem of body has functioned as a social dilemma for black people. An exploration of the black Social Gospel as the primary theological trajectory that has approached the problem of embodied difference reveals how body injustice, namely sexism, functions behind the veil of race in black churches. (Palgrave Macmillian)

Willimon, William: “Incarnation: The Surprising Overlap of Heaven & Earth” (Abingdon Press)
Heaven and earth interlock in the person of Jesus, a Jew from Nazareth. Jesus defies simplistic, effortless, undemanding explications. To be sure, Jesus often communicated his truth in simple, homely, direct ways, but his truth was anything but apparent and undemanding in the living. Common people heard Jesus gladly, not all, but enough to keep the government nervous, only to find that the simple truth Jesus taught, the life he lived, and the death he died complicated their settled and secure ideas about reality. The gospels are full of folk who confidently knew what was what–until they met Jesus. Jesus provoked an intellectual crisis in just about everybody. Their response was not, “Wow, I’ve just seen the Son of God,” but rather, “Who is this?” -from the Introduction The church uses the concept of “Incarnation,” (from the Latin word for “in the flesh”) to help us understand that Jesus Christ is both divine and human. The Incarnation is the grand crescendo of our reflection upon the mystery that Christ is the full revelation of God; not only one who talks about God but the one who speaks for and acts as God, one who is God. About the Series: Belief Matters is a series of easy-to-understand books designed to show that by thinking more clearly about faith, persons can love God more fully, live with confidence, and change the world. Conversational in tone, these books are reflections on major theological topics and are suitable for individual or group study. (William Willimon)

Helminski, Peg: “Spark of God” (self-published, Amazon)
A freelance writer and staff assistant in the Department of Radiology, Peg Helminski has published her third book and second novel for middle-school students. Set in New Jersey, the story follows 11-year-old Regina and her Catholic family as they move to a new home in a Jewish neighborhood. What will their differences teach Regina about the similarities between all human hearts? (Duke Today)

Koropchak, Celine: “One With All of Thee: Growing Your Sacred Connection” (Blue Violet Press)
Koropchak, a Department of Medicine research projects manager and a blueberry farmer, has written a book of wisdom in the sacred, philosophical tradition of Rumi, the Upanishads and the Kabala that urges readers to embrace their connection to the cosmos. (Duke Today)

Malegam, Jehangir: “The Sleep of Behemoth: Disputing Peace and Violence in Medieval Europe, 1000/1200” (Cornell University Press)
An assistant professor of history, Malegam explores the emergence of conflicting concepts of peace in Western Europe during the High Middle Ages. Out of this contest over the meaning and ownership of true peace, he concludes, medieval thinkers developed theologies that shaped secular political theory in the later Middle Ages. (Duke Today)

LGBT History Month


LGBT History Month originated in the United States and was first celebrated in 1994. It was founded by Missouri high-school history teacher Rodney Wilson. Among early supporters and members of the first coordinating committee were Kevin Jennings of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN); Kevin Boyer of Gerber/Hart Gay and Lesbian Library and Archives in Chicago; Paul Varnell, writer for the Windy City Times; Torey Wilson, Chicago area teacher; Johnda Boyce, women’s studies major at Columbus State University and Jessea Greenman of UC-Berkeley. Many gay and lesbian organizations supported the concept early on. In 1995, the National Education Association indicated support of LGBT History Month as well as other history months by resolution at its General Assembly.

Please share in this special annual tribute by learning and celebrating the generations of LGBT community at Duke. Sacred Worth ( exists to serve the Duke Divinity School community by increasing awareness of LGBT people in the church. All members of the community are invited to participate, and the group seeks to promote understanding about homosexuality in the church through various opportunities for discussion and dialogue. The Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity strives to create an exceptional experience for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty. Through its services, the Center encourages critical thinking about the intellectual, cultural, and political ramifications of sexual and gender diversity at Duke and beyond.

Visit the display just outside the Baker Methodist Room, grab a brochure, and start your research on LGBT History with this library guide

A Practice of Self-Care: Mixed Mic Monday at Cuban Revolution

Join your Reference and Public Services Librarian in A Practice of Self-Care: Mixed Mic Monday at Cuban Revolution

Nothing soothes the stress of the writing papers during Reading Week like good art, food, and live music. All of that going is down for FREE at Mixed Mic Monday Oct 14 at Cuban Revolution located in Downtown Durham. This open mic event was created to provide young students and professionals in the Triangle area a space to socialize and enjoy various expressions of art. This is an absolutely FREE event, no cover charge whatsoever.


This is a chance for people to get up and socialize, network, and enjoy each other’s company. There will be drink and food specials at this beautiful venue located in Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District. Have a meal, grabs some drinks, and the enjoy the show.


This event was also created to give local artists an opportunity to share their crafts with the community. This open mic is open to all types of artists including but not limited to: musicians, emcees, poets, vocalists, comedians, and thespians. A live band will also will provide music during intermissions and support necessary performances. Artists can sign up at any time before the event by emailing Sign up times at the event will begin at 8:00pm and the mic opens at 8:30. Sign up is closed at 9:00pm.

September Research and Technology Workshops



Weds, 9/4, 12:30-1:15 pm: Managing Citations with EndNote


Learn how to use Endnote, a free software (through the Duke OIT website) tool for managing your research and inserting formatted citations into your papers. This session will teach you how to search article databases or library catalogs in their interfaces, and then download citations into Endnote.


Mon, 9/9, 12:30-1:15 pm: Top Databases for Research in Religion


This session will give an overview of the top ten reference resources in the Divinity School Library including ATLA Religion Database, Catholic Periodical Literature Index, and Religious and Theological Abstracts.


Mon, 9/16, 12:30-1:15 pm:  Catalog Searching 101


In catalog searching 101 students will be guided through the best practices  for navigating the Duke Libraries and TRLN collections and conducting subject-specific/course-specific research using the library catalog.


Weds, 9/18, 12:30-1:15 pm: Library Resources for Biblical Exegesis license (ask Divinity IT and Phu)


BibleWorks is a popular bible software program and is installed on all of the Divinity library’s computers. This session gives useful tips and tricks to help you get started in using BibleWorks.


Mon, 9/23, 12:30-1:15 pm:  Introduction to Accordance for Mac


Not a PC? This workshop offers participants an introduction to Accordance bible software for Macs.


Weds, 9/25 12:30-1:15pm, Finding and Using Images for Research


We will take a quick look at copyright issues for text and images and review strategies for finding sources for education and faith-friendly images.


Mon, 9/30 12:30-1:15pm, Library Research for Sermon Writing/Online Bible Studies


This session will support students and ministers engaging in the sermon writing process and those interested in providing online Bible studies for a variety of groups. We will look at several online tools to host online Bible studies-both free and subscription-based including Ministry Matters.


All Sessions will be located in the Baker Methodist Research Center Room, Divinity Library





Managing Citations with EndNote

Learn how to use Endnote, a free software (through the Duke OIT website) tool for managing your research and inserting formatted citations into your papers. This session will teach you how to search article databases or library catalogs in their interfaces, and then download citations into Endnote.

When: Wednesday 9/4, 12:30-1:15 pm

Where: Baker Methodist Research Center, Divinity Library

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And the Winners Are…


The top ten most checked out books for the previous year are:

  • The new Oxford annotated Bible : New Revised Standard Version : with the Apocrypha : an ecumenical study Bible
    The premier study Bible used by scholars, pastors, undergraduate and graduate students,The New Oxford Annotated Bibleoffers a vast range of information, including extensive notes by experts in their fields; in-text maps, charts, and diagrams; supplementary essays on translation, biblical interpretation, cultural and historical background, and other general topics. Extens… (see more)
  • The works of Saint Augustine : a translation for the 21st century
    — pt. 1, v. 5. The Trinity — pt. 1, v. 11. Teaching Christianity pt. 3, v. 1. Sermons onn the Old Testament, 1-19 — pt. 3, v. 2. Sermons on the Old Testament, 20-50 — pt. 3, v. 3. Sermons on the New Testament, 51-94 — pt. 3, v. 4. Sermons on the New Testament, 94A-147A — pt. 3, v. 5. Sermons on the New Testament, 148-183 — pt. 3, v. 6. Sermons on the liturgical se… (see more)
  • Basics of biblical Greek grammar
    First published in 1993, Basics of Biblical Greek is the most popular introduction to the field, used in universities and seminaries around the world. Over 200,000 students have learned biblical Greek under its guidance. This significant third edition has been carefully developed in consultation with instructors, students, self-learners, and homeschoolers. Users can now … (see more)
  • Elements of biblical exegesis : a basic guide for students and ministers
    In this revised and expanded edition of Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers, Michael J. Gorman presents a straightforward approach to the complex task of biblical exegesis. Designed for students, teachers, and ministers, this hands-on guide breaks the task down into seven distinct elements. For each of these, Gorman supplies a clear ex… (see more)
  • The peaceable kingdom : a primer in Christian ethics
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer works
    Here is offered the complete text in translation, annotated by the German and American editors. The historical context is explained and textual commentary is provided in a Foreword and Afterword.

    … (see more)

  • The Gospel of Luke
    This highly original commentary, part of the New International Commentary, is unique for the way it combines concerns with first-century culture in the Roman world with understanding the text of Luke as a wholistic, historical narrative.
  • Introduction to reading the Pentateuch
  • Beginning Biblical Hebrew
    Achieving the right balance of amount of information, style of presentation, and depth of instruction in first-year grammars is no easy task. But Mark Futato has produced a grammar that, after years of testing in a number of institutions, will please many, with its concise, clear, and well-thought-out presentation of Biblical Hebrew. Because the teaching of biblical lang… (see more)
  • The politics of God and the politics of man.
    Human freedom – God’s omnipotence: how can they be reconciled? That question is central to this penetrating study of political action and prophetic function. Ellul’s answer to that question, though based on events recorded in the Second Book of Kings, is immediately relevant to contemporary issues and to the church today. Emerging from these reflections is an eloquent te… (see more)


Two New Resources: Twentieth Century Religious Thought (Volume 1: Christianity), Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Twentieth Century Religious Thought (Volume 1: Christianity)

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“Twentieth Century Religious Thought is a multi-volume, cross-searchable online collection that brings together the seminal works and archival materials related to key worldwide religious thinkers from the early 1900s until the turn of the 21st century.
Twentieth Century Religious Thought will help students and scholars understand multiple perspectives by letting users:
•       Browse by type of theology, author, religion, and work.
•       Experience the conversations within and between schools of thought in a transnational perspective.
•       Explore rare, international, in-copyright materials and personal papers not otherwise accessible.
•       Compare select documents in their native languages and in English translations.
•       Use archival materials to critically examine key writings in context.
•       Examine the nuances of individual religious practice.
•       Trace how belief systems grew and diversified as a result of the Great Depression, World War I and II, globalization, scientific discovery, and other major events.
•       Access links to related Web sites and resources.”

Jewish Life in America, c1654-1954

Jewish Life
This collection illuminates key topics such as:
The evolution of early Jewish Settlements in areas such as New York, Rhode Island and Philadelphia; The immigration process and structures of support for those arriving from the Old World – the differing experiences of immigrants and, from the late 19th century, strategies adopted at Ellis Island and in Galveston; The role of Jews in the American War of Independence and the Civil War; The role of the synagogue as a focal point for Jewish communities; The development of Jewish schools and charitable institutions; Westward expansion and the attempts to establish Jewish farms; The Jewish Diaspora – the influx of Jews from Western Europe, Eastern Europe and other places around the world and their dispersal across America; The garment industry, peddling, general stores, finance and diversification into other industries; The development of differing strands of Judaism in America – Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionism and Orthodoxy – and the roots of this in patterns of immigration and in societal changes; Reaching out to Jewish communities around the world – especially to Russia, Romania, Germany and Eastern Europe; American Jewish involvement in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II; Involvement in Civil Rights and Minority Rights issues.”

Both new databases can be accessed using the Divinity School Library catalog.


Welcome Course of Study Students

Please consult this site to help you become familiar with the Divinity School Library and identify key resources you may find helpful during your Course of Study experience. In addition to a collection of more than 400,000 volumes in the fields of religion and related disciplines, the Divinity School Library offers a variety of services to assist students in selecting and locating information.

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Our reference room is currently undergoing renovation. Students may use the York Room for reading and study, though library books must be checked out first.



There are multiple service points in our library to aid your research and study:

Circulation: Reserves, checking out books, picking up Inter Library Loan/requested books, Triangle Research Library Network privileges, general problems/directions

Public Computers: Full internet access, specialized CD-ROM databases from Circ, Bibleworks, USB drives, ePrint release station

Reference: help getting started with your research; using databases and catalogs; specialized help.

Reserves: required materials  reserved for your class.


A map and guide to the stacks of the Divinity School Library will help you identify where the books are located according to Library of Congress classification. Our collection uses the Library of Congress (“LC”) classification, which organizes material by subject (just like Dewey Decimal), but starts with letters instead of numbers. Library of Congress classification assigns letters of the alphabet to subjects. For instance, in the “BX” section of the basement/level E, you will find books on Christian Denominations.


We look forward to meeting you soon!