Rubenstein Library Renovation Progress: Aug. 1

A view of the construction crane that went up this week. Photo by Beth Doyle. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram for more images from across the Libraries.

Renovation work is really moving into high gear on the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Over the last few weeks, workers have installed steel braces in parts of the building to assist with structural stability. All of the shelving from the 1928 and 1948 portions of the library stacks has been completely removed, and building clean-out continues on schedule. Hazardous material remediation is also in progress. And, of course, you might have noticed the giant crane hovering over our roof. That’s how the library building core will be removed in the coming weeks.

We’ve also had a few fire alarms go off recently due to construction dust. We believe we have identified and isolated the problem, but we unfortunately can’t rule out future false alarms and disturbances. We thank our library users for their patience and apologize for the inconvenience.

Here are a few photos of our progress over the last few weeks!

Steel Braces
Temporary steel braces have been installed in several parts of the library to assist with structural stability while the building core is removed.
Steel Braces 2
More steel bracing in the former Rubenstein Library reading room.
Interior Piping
The original interior piping is exposed so that it can be replaced.
Bagged Haz Mat
Hazardous building material is bagged and prepped for removal.

In order to make all members of the Duke community aware of the major activities and potential noise issues associated with the Rubenstein Library renovation, we will be posting regular announcements of upcoming renovation work on this blog. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Welborn, Director of Communications, at 919-660-5816, orĀ