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It’s time to renovate Duke’s first library.

Lilly Library, the primary academic support space for first-year students at Duke, is scheduled to be renovated and expanded starting in summer 2020. Construction is expected to last two years.


Rendering of the renovated and expanded Lilly Library, including a new entrance on the west side of the building.

The renovation promises to transform one of the oldest and most architecturally significant buildings at Duke into a much-needed intellectual and social center of East Campus. The planned expansion will dramatically increase the building’s footprint. It will have significantly more seating and offer more collaborative study spaces and technology-equipped project rooms.

Although the building will be closed, Lilly collections and staff will continue be available throughout the project.

We invite you to learn more, follow our progress, and be part of the historic transformation of the heart of East Campus.

The Renovation and Expansion of Lilly Library