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 [...]

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Despite the meteorological ups and downs of March, renovations on the Rubenstein Library are moving steadily along, with workers busy pouring concrete, placing new stack core columns, and cleaning the exterior of the building. In the coming weeks, the removal and replacement of the clay roof tiles over the Gothic Reading Room will commence and [...]

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Guest post by Meg Brown, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Exhibits Librarian. Last fall, she took a trip to Boston looking for inspiration for the new library exhibit cases that will be installed as part of the Rubenstein Library renovation. This winter she traveled to Washington, D.C., to further investigate the [...]

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Architectural rendering of a planned social lounge space in the Research Commons on the first floor of Bostock Library. Renovations will take place May-November 2014.

To meet the growing needs of interdisciplinary, team-based, and data-driven research at Duke, the Duke University Libraries will transform the first floor of Bostock Library into a new academic [...]

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It’s Spring Break here at Duke, but work never stops on the Rubenstein Library renovation! The new columns in the stack core are complete for the lower level, and the concrete foundation slab is being poured. The exterior stone of the building is being cleaned, and the refurbished leaded-glass windows are being reinstalled. Meanwhile, the [...]

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Despite the winter weather, renovation work continues roughly on schedule for the Rubenstein Library. With the stack core completely demolished down to the foundation, a new concrete slab foundation is being prepared, and you can begin to see the columns and walls of the new stack core taking shape. Just as the workers “cored” the [...]

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In the Spring 2013 issue of Duke University Libraries Magazine, we featured an article about the old pneumatic tube system built into the walls of Rubenstein Library. For a brief stretch during the 1940s and 1950s, a system of pneumatic tubes connected the circulation desk with the closed stacks on the upper floors. Students in [...]

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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 [...]

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Over the last few weeks, work on the Rubenstein Library renovation reached a few significant milestones. For starters, all seven levels of the 1928 and 1948 library stacks have now been removed. The building has been completely cored, and workers are now getting down to the bedrock underneath the original slab foundation. In addition, visitors to [...]

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For those playing along at home you will remember that we were flooded a few weeks ago due to a construction incident. Today we are almost back to normal. Our new floor was laid, waxed and buffed this week. Yesterday and today we got [...]

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