If you read the Duke Chronicle or have been following our blogs, you might have heard that we have yet another library renovation project on the horizon. We announced plans for the Research Commons on our website last week, and we will be making further announcements about it in the coming weeks and months.
However, there is one detail in this announcement that we would like to emphasize, since it may affect many library users.
On May 12, 2014, the main entrance of Perkins Library will close as part of the Rubenstein Library renovation. This is the entrance that faces the academic quad, and it is being renovated over the course of the next year. This also includes the entrance lobby area that you pass through when you walk inside.
Once that main entrance is closed, it will not reopen until the summer of 2015, when the renovation is complete. But don’t despair! The library will remain open and fully functional as always, albeit with a different main entrance.
To enter the library after May 12, 2014, library users will need to come in through the side entrance of Perkins (under the Perkins/Bostock connector bridge), or through the exterior door of the von der Heyden Pavilion. In order to accommodate higher traffic, both doors will be unlocked during regular library hours—you won’t need to swipe in unless it’s after 7 p.m. That will be the main way you enter the library from May 2014 through the end of summer 2015.
To make life a little easier for our patrons, we will be putting a Library Help Desk near the side entrance of Perkins while the front entrance is closed. If you need to check out or return a book or get help with a question, you won’t have to walk all the way over to the other side of the building. We’ll be right there near the side door when you come in.
Once the front library entrance closes, there will be highly visible signage outside the library directing people to the right door. But before that happens, we want to start reaching out to our community of library users, so that we don’t catch people by surprise. For more information about the Rubenstein Library renovation, including FAQs and a timeline of the work, please see our Rubenstein Library renovation website.
In order to make all members of the Duke community aware of the major activities associated with the Rubenstein Library renovation, we post 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.