Architect’s rendering of the renovated and expanded Lilly Library, including a new entrance on the southwest side of the building that will connect with the residential “backyard” of East Campus.

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

Lilly Library is the primary academic support space for more than 1,700 first-year Duke students on East Campus. Unfortunately, it has not been expanded or substantially renovated since it was built almost a century ago, in 1927.

The planned renovation, starting in 2024, 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 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.

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