Architectural rendering of the new main library entrance.

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, housed in Duke’s original West Campus library building, is scheduled to be renovated in the final phase of the Perkins Project, an ambitious initiative to renovate and reimagine Duke’s West Campus libraries. The renovation will transform one of the university’s oldest and most recognizable buildings into a state-of-the-art research facility where students, faculty, and visitors can engage with the Libraries’ collection of rare and unique scholarly materials.

Renovation work began in late 2012, and the renovated Rubenstein Library will open August 24, 2015. While the work is being completed, the Rubenstein Library staff, collections, and services will temporarily relocate to the third floor of Perkins Library and remain available for research and class use. We invite you to learn more, follow our progress, and participate in the historic transformation of a library that is truly one of the crown jewels of Duke.

Renovation Photos

The Final Phase of the Perkins Project