Our Vision for the Rubenstein Library Renovation

Over the next three years, we will transform our historic building into a state-of-the-art library reflecting the growing research and teaching use of our collections, the increase in collaborative projects, our deep engagement with the campus and community through public programming, and the central role that digital technology plays in the work of our researchers and our staff.

The final phase of the Perkins Project will keep the Rubenstein Library at the center of campus, expand our onsite collection capacity, more than double our classroom space and exhibition space, refresh three historic rooms, and provide a much-needed new event venue on West Campus. We look forward to sharing more of our collections with students and the public, welcoming long-term scholars and connecting them with the Duke campus, and better integrating technology in all that we do. This renovation will lay the cornerstone for our future.


“The Rubenstein Library will be a distinguished, enduring institution that will collect, protect and make accessible rare and unique documents, satisfy intellectual curiosity, stimulate learning and facilitate the creation of new scholarship. The generosity of David Rubenstein and of all the other supporters of this project enables us to create the kind of home for special collections that Duke deserves, designed with the students and scholars of today and tomorrow in mind.”

Deborah Jakubs
Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian
& Vice Provost for Library Affairs

The Final Phase of the Perkins Project