Lilly Library Renovation Update

The following email was sent by the Provost’s Office to all Duke University faculty on May 8, 2024.

Dear Colleagues,

I’m writing with important updates about the Lilly Library renovation and expansion project on East Campus. As of Sunday, May 5, Lilly is now closed for the next 18-24 months while the renovation gets under way.

To help you prepare for the summer and beyond, I want to share the latest information about our services and collections.

  • Books and other materials that have been housed in Lilly will be temporarily unavailable while they are being moved. However, you may still request any materials you need through our Interlibrary Request system, and we will do our best to get them for you quickly.
  • DVDs and selected art titles will move to Perkins & Bostock Libraries over the summer.
  • Between now and August 1, you may pick up and return books at the Music Library on East Campus or Perkins & Bostock Libraries on West Campus.
  • In May, Lilly staff will relocate to the Bishop’s House, behind Bassett Residence Hall on East Campus. The Bishop’s House will be closed to the public while we move in. For assistance during this period, don’t hesitate to contact us.
  • Starting August 1, you will be able to visit Lilly staff at the Bishop’s House, where you may:

– Pick up holds
– Return books
– Place materials on reserves for your classes
– Scan and print
– Meet with Lilly librarians and staff

Thank you for your patience during this much-needed and long overdue renovation. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we think you’ll agree that the new and improved Lilly Library will be worth the wait. To find out more about the renovation and stay up-to-date on our progress, visit the Lilly Project blog.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Joseph A. Salem, Jr.
Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs