Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Oct.18- Nov. 1

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Work continues on the roof of Rubenstein Library. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

The next two weeks of renovation work on the Rubenstein Library should be free of any new disturbances, as the work being done remains much the same as the past two weeks. Workmen have successfully removed the 1928 stacks down to the fifth level, and will continue working on the fourth. On Saturday, Oct. 19, an addition will be added to the tower crane in order to extend its reach.

Free earplugs are available at the Perkins Library Service Desk on the first floor for library users who are bothered by the renovation noise. We thank you for supporting our progress and apologize for any inconvenience.


Here is a list of the work that will be taking place over the next two weeks:

 1. Material hoist will be utilized to remove demo debris.

2. Structural demolition will continue to progress downward through the stack levels.

3. Removal of existing Duke Stone at interior partitions.

4. Tower crane will be used to remove floor slabs along with other demo debris.

5. Biddle Room exterior wall demolition at level 1 and 2 will continue.


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, or