Timeline of the Perkins Project

Perkins Library Renovation Committee

Provost Peter Lange establishes the Perkins Library Renovation Committee, charging it with thinking creatively about the nature of library services and facilities and with making recommendations regarding the design and function of Perkins Library.

Working with the Boston architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch, the committee obtains input from all segments of the campus community—faculty, staff, undergraduates, and graduate and professional students. Together, the architects and the committee produce a vision statement, space program, and master plan for the university library.

Library Service Center

Construction of Library Service Center is completed, to accommodate materials that must be moved off-site during construction and renovations.

After two years of planning, the project to expand and renovate the Duke University Libraries is approved by the University’s Board of Trustees.

Construction begins on Bostock Library, named in honor the Bostock family, Roy and Merilee and their three children, Victoria Bostock Waters, Matthew Bostock, and Kate Bostock Shefferman. Construction also begins on the von der Heyden Pavilion, named for Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden in recognition of their generous financial support and leadership at the university.

von der Heyden Pavilion

Bostock Library and the von der Heyden Pavilion officially open to the public. Renovation work begins on the first floor of Perkins Library.

A transformed first floor of Perkins is unveiled. Work begins on renovating other floors of the library.

Renovations are completed for Perkins Lower Level 2 and the Deryl Hart Administrative Suite.

The Link


Perkins floors 2-4 open, completely upfitted and re-configured. The Link, a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center on Lower Level 1, opens in what had been the Perkins basement. That level also becomes the new home of the Libraries’ Preservation and Shipping and Receiving departments. The Libraries’ technical services operations move from Perkins Library to the Smith Warehouse.

David M. Rubenstein pledges $13.6 million to the Libraries. The Board of Trustees renames the special collections library in his honor.

Renovation work scheduled to commence on Rubenstein Library. Library administration, staff, collections, and services will move out of the facility to temporary swing space in Perkins and Bostock Libraries. The Political Science department will move temporarily to the Gross Chemistry building, while renovations are made to its final home in the Old Chemistry building.

The University's cornerstone is part of the library facade

Target date for completing the library renovation. David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library will move into its new home, completing the Perkins Project.


See main article: Crown Jewel: Presenting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library