Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Jan. 10-24

A view of the stack core demolition site, as the demolition phase of the project winds down. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

As the new year gets under way, we’re happy to report that the Rubenstein Library renovation is also entering a new and exciting phase. The excavation of rock under the stack core area is almost complete, and concrete for the new foundation is about to be poured. Meanwhile, drywall framing has begun on floors 1 and 2 of the building. That means that the demolition phase is almost over, and the site is now transitioning from a destruction to a construction site!

More photos: More images of the Rubenstein Library renovation are available on our Flickr site, where we will be documenting our progress in pictures over the next few years.

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.

Workers chip away at a wall of Duke stone, exposing some of the structure's original steel beams.
Workers chip away at a wall of Duke stone, exposing some of the structure’s original steel beams.

Here’s a summary of the major work that will be done over the next two weeks.

Rubenstein Library Renovation Work (January 10-24)

1.) The material hoist and tower crane will continue to remove demolition debris.
2.) Underpinning and rock anchor installation work will continue.
3.) Rebar footing and columns will be placed.
4.) Interior walls will be layed out on the 1st and 2nd floor of the building.

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