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Braxton Craven and the Solar Eclipse of 1869

August 21, 2017

How a solar eclipse confirmed the Trinity College president’s perfect timing


Eclipse Chasers of the Rubenstein

August 21, 2017

Darkness is coming. Take a look at some earlier eclipse chasers in our collections.


A Duke Reading List: Race, Politics, and History

August 17, 2017

A selection of recent books by Duke faculty on slavery, extremism, and the pursuit of racial equity


New FAQ: Duke University Chapel Figures (with Primary Resources!)

August 16, 2017

Who is depicted in the portal to the Chapel, and what’s the backstory?


New Acquisitions: African American History Marketing and Promotional Posters

August 14, 2017

The Civil Rights movement changed the way advertisers saw the African American market


Pink Squirrel Recipe: It Really Is the Nuts

August 14, 2017

A small taste (or sip) of history, inspired by our historical advertising collections


Young Researcher Prefers Game Theory to Video Games

August 10, 2017

Don’t all 8th-graders love translating the personal papers of Nobel Prize- winning economists?


Women Admitted to Trinity College 125 Years Ago

August 7, 2017

Trustees’ decision Aug. 3, 1892, allowed women to be admitted as full degree candidates


New Acquisitions – Wonderful Wunderkammer

August 7, 2017

Cabinets of curiosities were the fascinating precursors to modern-day museums


Follow the Duke Libraries on Instagram

August 4, 2017

Check out photos from around the Libraries and tag us to share yours!


New Acquisitions: Photobooks in the Archive of Documentary Arts

August 2, 2017

A look at some eye-catching new additions to our collections


More MSI Fun: Experimenting with Iron Gall Ink

July 31, 2017

What can multispectral imaging teach us about historic inks and how they react with paper?


A History of Videotape, Part 1

July 28, 2017

The upsides and downsides of digitizing obsolete media formats


What to Read This Month: July 2017

July 24, 2017

Recommended reads from our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections


Uncovering an Effort to Defend Human Rights in 1980s Nicaragua

July 21, 2017

A visiting Rubenstein Library researcher shares some fascinating finds


Blue Devil of the Week: Rubenstein Library’s Kate Collins

July 18, 2017

Research Services Librarian is “a rare find”


In-Depth Look at SNCC’s Past Offers Lessons for Activists Today

July 18, 2017

What can the 1960s struggle for voting rights teach us about self-determination and democracy today?


New Staff, Changing Roles in Natural Sciences and Engineering Section

July 14, 2017

We’re thrilled to welcome two new librarians to the team!


New U.S. Poet Laureate: Tracy K. Smith

July 14, 2017

Interested in checking out her work? Here’s a good place to start.


From Our Magazine: A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

July 7, 2017

Library exhibit explores health advice for students and scholars


Incredible Insects! Camouflage, Metamorphosis, and Survival

July 7, 2017

Library exhibit showcases the most numerous and diverse animals on earth


Follow the Rubenstein Library on Tumblr

June 30, 2017

Favorites and fun finds from our collections posted regularly for your edification and amusement


Turning on the Rights in the Duke Digital Repository

June 30, 2017

Digitized items now include easy to read rights displays


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Frankfurter Kranz (1969)

June 28, 2017

Wherein we try a “frankly extravagant cake” recipe from Germany


New Reads This Summer from Duke Faculty

June 26, 2017

Scholarship, poetry and an exposé: Faculty and staff offer something for any reader


Find Your Summer Read in the Libraries

June 20, 2017

From noteworthy titles to e-readers, Duke’s libraries help faculty and staff keep the pages turning


New Exhibit: Incredible Insects!

June 16, 2017

Take a glimpse into the multifaceted world of insects, including research conducted here at Duke


From Duke Magazine: A Deep Dive into NC’s Musical History

June 15, 2017

Years after an alumnus uncovered a folklore collection, Duke students bring it into the digital era


Collections Spotlight: Library Staff Picks

June 12, 2017

Our staff have picked some of their all-time favorite recommended reads for you


Duke’s NetID Login Page Getting a New Look

June 8, 2017

Security update to also require multi-factor authentication for more web sites


What to Read This Month: June 2017

June 7, 2017

Recommended reads from our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections


Notes from Durham’s Musical Past: Polonaises and Mazurkas on Main St.

June 5, 2017

A look back at the legacy of the Southern Conservatory of Music


New and Improved SNCC Digital Gateway

May 31, 2017

Learn from the past, organize for the future, make democracy work


Exhibit Celebrates 5 Years of MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts

May 30, 2017

23 photographs, six films culled from Archive of Documentary Arts collection of thesis projects


What to Read This Month: May 2017

May 23, 2017

Recommended reads from our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


On Exhibit Now: Royal India and the British

May 18, 2017

Rare historic photographs highlight the rich cultural and architectural heritage of India


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Muffins (1852)

May 18, 2017

A slightly update version of a 150-year-old recipe turns out quite tasty


Senior Stories, Class of 2017

May 12, 2017

Profiles of graduating seniors discussing their Duke experiences


Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

May 12, 2017

A novel based on the  life of an advertising pioneer whose papers are in the Hartman Center


Apply to the CIT Course Design Institute

May 9, 2017

Three-day program helps faculty design dynamic, learning-focused courses


Patents 101: A Free Duke MOOC

May 9, 2017

Librarian helps develop new on-demand tutorial on patent research


Library Research Awards: You Could Win $1,000

May 3, 2017

Four different awards recognize excellence in graduate and undergraduate research


Read Our Newsletter for May (And Subscribe!)

May 3, 2017

Check out this month’s events and programs at the Duke University Libraries


New Reads This Spring from Duke Authors

April 30, 2017

Our spring season continues to shower us with smart, interesting books


Creative Writing Award for Duke Undergrads

April 28, 2017

Submissions due by May 15. You could win $1,500!


Multispectral Imaging: What’s It Good For?

April 26, 2017

What can this powerful technology tell us about the objects in our collections?


Finals Week: Puppy Edition! Puppies in Perkins, May 2

April 24, 2017

Therapy dogs will be back in the library for another tail-wagging snuggle fest.


Video: One for the Books

April 24, 2017

Thanks to everyone who made a #bookface with us during National Library Week!


Graduate Interns Share Insights on Library Work Experiences, Apr. 27

April 21, 2017

Internships provide students with skills, challenges, and professional development


From Bass Connections: Event to Highlight Library Collection of NC Folk Music

April 20, 2017

NC Jukebox project team will host a special event at the Orchard at Altapass in western NC


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Kerry Cake and Sadie Seal (1971)

April 20, 2017

Everything is better with aluminum foil


Guantanamo and the Trump Presidency, Apr. 20

April 18, 2017

Join us for a discussion with Peter Honigsberg, founder of the Witness to Guantanamo Project


“Speaking of Duke”: Special Faculty Bookwatch with President Brodhead, Apr. 19

April 18, 2017

In essays, Brodhead shows a university thinking its way forward through challenges


Nasher Exhibit Discussion: A Portrait of Venice, Apr. 20

April 17, 2017

Join us for an overview of a fascinating digital humanities initiative and exhibit


The Books Student Collectors Love and Where They Found Them

April 17, 2017

Libraries’ Nadell Prize honors students who collect for learning and entertainment


Collection Spotlight: Poetry

April 13, 2017

It’s National Poetry month! Look out for our selection of poetry featured by the New & Noteworthy section.


Exhibit Shows How Passover Was Artistically Reinvented Through the Years

April 12, 2017

A review of our new exhibit appears in Religion News Service


Creating and Sustaining the Sonic Dictionary, Apr. 13

April 11, 2017

How do you migrate, sustain, and further develop a successful digital project?


Make a Bookface for National Library Week!

April 10, 2017

Help us celebrate by making a bookfaces in front of Perkins and Lilly this week


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Sherif Cakes (1783)

April 6, 2017

These 18th-century treats are best dunked in a cup of tea, to make them safe for your teeth


Book Arts Merit Badge Workshop at the Library

April 5, 2017

Our Conservation Services staff recently led a group of Girl Scouts in making their own books


30,000 DVDs and Growing: Lilly Library Celebrates Milestone

April 5, 2017

Duke staff, faculty and students can take advantage of inexhaustible list of titles


History of Medicine Exhibit: A Sound Mind in a Sound Body

April 4, 2017

The potential hazards of studying too hard are the subject of a new exhibit


Read Our Newsletter for April (And Subscribe!)

March 31, 2017

Check out this month’s events and programs at the Duke University Libraries


Inconceivable! Lilly Celebrates 30,000 DVDs with Princess Bride Screening

March 29, 2017

Join us for a free screening of the 30-year-old classic to mark a collecting milestone


Comics and Graphic Novels at the Library

March 29, 2017

From Batman to manga and everything in between, we have thousands of comics in our collections


Photographing the Movement

March 29, 2017

Images by SNCC staff photograher Danny Lyon added to SNCC Digital Gateway


Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Low Maintenance Book Club

March 28, 2017

Join us as we read selections from Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine


From Fake News to Clickbait: Teaching Students to Evaluate Online Information

March 27, 2017

This is no joke. Join us for a special workshop about students’ online reasoning skills


Collections Spotlight: Trans Day of Visibility, Mar. 31

March 24, 2017

Highlighting the lives and accomplishments of our diverse student body and broader Duke community


Edible Book Festival Seeks Submissions of “Bookish Foods”

Edible 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
March 24, 2017

We’re seeking submissions for our annual contest on March 31, open to all


Promises and Pitfalls of Social Media as a Primary Source in Research

March 23, 2017

Social media is an important data source for understanding today’s socio-political atmosphere


The Dostoevsky Games (Duke v. UNC), Mar. 26

March 23, 2017

A new Tobacco Road rivalry based on the life and works of Fyodor Dostoevsky


Haggadah Exhibit Opening Reception, Mar. 22

March 21, 2017

Join us to celebrate the opening of a new exhibit of the Passover Haggadah


What to Read this Month: March 2017

March 21, 2017

Recommended reads from our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


Let’s Get Small: A Tribute to the Mighty Microcassette

March 21, 2017

The smallest (and cutest) tape format of them all shows up in many archival collections


New Conservation Exhibit: How a Book Is Made

Exhibit case
March 17, 2017

Examples of the bookbinder’s trade now on display near our conservation lab


How to Start a Digital Humanities Program, Mar. 22

Shovel in dirt
March 16, 2017

A conversation on building undergraduate DH programs at smaller institutions


Edible Book Festival Seeks Submissions of “Bookish Foods”

Edible 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'
March 15, 2017

We’re seeking submissions for our annual contest on March 31, open to all


A History of Photography (in 90 Minutes), Mar. 31

A History of Photography (in 90 minutes)
March 15, 2017

Join us for a crash course in the history of photography from daguerreotypes to digital files


VIDEO: Minute Marvels: Classically Computed

March 8, 2017

Using the Duke Research Computing cluster to analyze Latin text on more than 80,000 rare books


Rubenstein Library Books Part of NC Museum of Art Exhibit on Venice

March 8, 2017

Early printed books featured in “The Glory of Venice: Renaissance Painting 1470-1520”


In Memoriam: Economist Kenneth Arrow

March 7, 2017

Nobel Prize winning economist and Stanford professor’s papers are held in the Rubenstein


2017 Nadell Book Collectors Contest Winners Announced

March 6, 2017

Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate bibliophiles!


Ciompi Quartet Lunchtime Classics, Mar. 8

March 4, 2017

Join us for a free concert in the library with two string quartets by Schubert


Read Our Newsletter for March (And Subscribe!)

March 2, 2017

Check out this month’s events and programs at the Duke University Libraries


Which Book Should the Class of 2021 Read? Cast Your Vote!

March 1, 2017

All incoming first-year Duke students will read one of these seven books. Which one?


Duke Alumna Speaks on Low-Cost Global Education Models, Mar. 2

March 1, 2017

Katelyn Donnelly T’08 discusses the $1-a-Week School


Mystery in the Stacks: A Library Party to Die For (March 3rd)

February 28, 2017

Get a clue! Join us for a night of music, food, and un-shushed entertainment— inspired by mystery and detective fiction.


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Beef and Okra Gumbo (1957)

February 24, 2017

Try this archival recipe for your Mardi Gras party


Fair Use Is for Innovation

February 24, 2017

A blast from the past reminds us that fair use promotes progress


Looking at Jay Anderson’s Historical Photos of Duke

February 23, 2017

A recently processed collection offers a fascinating look at Duke and Durham in the 1970s-80s.


Andrew T. Nadell Prize for Book Collecting, Feb. 28

February 22, 2017

Student competitors will display their collections and answer your questions


Fair Use for Authors, Feb. 23

February 22, 2017

Join us for a special workshop for graduate student authors


Book Talk: “A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland,” Feb. 21

February 20, 2017

Join us for a special book talk and reception in honor of Black History Month


New Exhibit on Urban Street Food Around the Globe

February 17, 2017

Photographs celebrate the vibrancy of urban food cultures and their ability to endure


Come Read the Novella that “Arrival” is Based On

February 16, 2017

Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang won the Nebula Awards’ Best Novella in 1999


What to Read This Month: February 2017

February 14, 2017

Recommended reads from our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


Mystery in the Stacks – A Library Party to Die For, Mar. 3

February 14, 2017

Join us for live music, costumes, decorations, food and beverages, and plenty of mystery!


Love Your Data Week, Feb. 13-17

February 13, 2017

An international event aimed at helping researchers take better care of their data


News, Events, and Exhibits from Duke University Libraries