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De-Stress and Get Writing Help at the Paper Station, Dec. 2

November 29, 2021

Meet with Thompson Writing Studio consultants, get crafty, and get a jump on the end of the semester


Take Our 2-Minute Survey. You Could Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

November 22, 2021

Your responses will help us improve library services and spaces


Celebrating Thirty Years of Duke’s East Asian Collections

November 22, 2021

Check out our new exhibit in the Stone Family Gallery, curated by our International and Area Studies Department


“Leonard: Political Prisoner” Wins Human Rights Audio Documentary Award

November 18, 2021

New award seeks to support outstanding documentary artists exploring human rights and social justice


What Does It Mean When a Librarian Says…?

November 16, 2021

A quick primer for undergraduates who are new to academic research.


New Exhibit Opens Nov. 16: “To Stand By the Side of Freedom”

November 14, 2021

Copies of the Emancipation Proclamation and 13th Amendment, signed by Abraham Lincoln, on display


Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

November 12, 2021

Subscribe and be the first the know about library events, services, and other news you can use


LIFE Summer Fellowship Reflections

November 10, 2021

One of the recipients of our summer research fellowships for LIFE students reflects on the experience


In Honor of Veterans Day, 5 Titles About Military Women

November 10, 2021

This month we highlight books about women fighting to gain equal footing with their male soldier counterparts


Our Statement on Potentially Harmful Language in Library Descriptions

November 4, 2021

Read about our commitment to describing materials with respectful and inclusive language


Photography Exhibit Opening Event: The Pretend Villages, Nov. 4

November 2, 2021

Join us for an artist talk, gallery viewing, and book signing with photographer and Duke professor Christopher Sims


LIFE Summer Fellowship Reflections

November 1, 2021

One of the recipients of our summer research fellowships for LIFE students reflects on the experience


What to Read This Month

November 1, 2021

Recommended reads from our OverDrive and New & Noteworthy Collections


5 Titles: Horror Films from African American Directors

October 29, 2021

Take a dive into some older and perhaps overlooked spooky films lurking in the stacks


University Librarian Deborah Jakubs to Retire in 2022

October 27, 2021

Jakubs, who was appointed University Librarian in 2005, will step down after 38 years of service at Duke


Lilly Collection Spotlight: Scary Movies for a Horror-ful Halloween

October 27, 2021

We’ve hand-picked some of the creepiest films from our collections to give you the thrills and chills you need


LIFE Summer Fellowship Reflections

October 27, 2021

One of the recipients of our summer research fellowships for LIFE students reflects on the experience


Powerful Documentary Films Honoring Indigenous Peoples

October 19, 2021

Explore new cultures and topics through the lens of award-winning filmmakers, streaming and on DVD


Apply for Archival Expeditions, Deadline 10/29

October 11, 2021

Grad students: Work with a faculty member to design a learning module involving archival materials


$10M Brings Lilly Library Renovation Closer

October 7, 2021

Grant from The Duke Endowment supports project, which will improve the first-year experience at Duke


Workshop: Delving for Memories, Oct. 22

October 7, 2021

Join us for an exploration of Wu Wenguang’s oral history project about China’s Great Famine


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads ‘Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’

October 6, 2021

Take a seat at the round table as we discuss the Arthurian legend that inspired the new movie starring Dev Patel


Genealogy Resources Available to the Duke Community

October 4, 2021

Interested in learning more about your family history, but don’t know where to start? Check out this handy guide.


What to Read This Month

September 30, 2021

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and OverDrive collections


Lilly Collection Spotlight: Películas for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 29, 2021

A sampling of films in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic and Latinx Americans


5 Titles on Environmental Justice

September 22, 2021

An occasional series highlighting library resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion


If These Saws Could Talk

September 22, 2021

Amputation kits offer a “sharp” lesson in the ways that surgery has evolved over the centuries


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads “Persepolis”

September 17, 2021

Join us as we read Marjane Satrapi’s classic graphic novel about growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution


From the Conservation Lab: What Comes Out in the Wash

September 14, 2021

A before-and-after look at the benefits of “bathing” an almost 500-year-old book


Witness to Guantanamo Interviews Now Online

September 10, 2021

Video interviews with former detainees and others examine the impact of “Gitmo” in the post-9/11 years


Franklin Research Center Commemorates 25 Years of Preserving “Black Lives in Archives”

September 8, 2021

Programming will build on mission of advancing scholarship on the history and culture of people of African descent


Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

September 8, 2021

Subscribe and be the first the know about library events, services, and other news you can use


About Our New Exhibit: Dante and His Afterlives

September 2, 2021

Our newest library exhibit was curated by Professor Martin Eisner’s History 253 course


Auditing Archival Description for Harmful Language

August 31, 2021

A Duke student created a computer program to scan our archival records for language that needs updating


Join Our Student Advisory Boards!

August 30, 2021

Help us improve the library experience at Duke and make your voice heard


This Semester’s Top Textbooks Available from the Libraries

August 26, 2021

Check out textbooks for the 100 largest courses at Duke for up to three hours at a time


Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

August 25, 2021

Subscribe and be the first the know about library events, services, and other news you can use


7 Back-to-School Library Pro Tips (You Won’t Believe Number 6!)

August 23, 2021

As things get back to nearly normal, some important info about using the library this semester


WATCH: The Renovation and Expansion of Lilly Library

August 18, 2021

Learn about our plans to transform Lilly Library into the crown jewel of East Campus


Follow the Duke Libraries on Instagram

August 18, 2021

Check out photos from around the Libraries and tag us to share yours!


5 Titles: Unsung Black Women in the Olympics

August 16, 2021

A new series highlighting library resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion


Check Out the Latest Rubenstein Library Magazine Online

August 13, 2021

Interesting archival discoveries, new exhibits, reflections on the past year, and more


RCR Library Programs for New Graduate Students

August 13, 2021

We’re offering a number of interactive online workshops this fall to help you earn your RCR credits


It Takes a Village to Clean the Floors

August 9, 2021

You think sweeping and mopping the kitchen is a chore? Try our Conservation Lab.


Automated Accessibility Testing and Continuous Integration

August 6, 2021

A deep dive into the tools and strategies we use to make sure our web interfaces are accessible


Media in Books, Revisited

August 6, 2021

Wherein we share an example of the right way to include additional media in book bindings


Remembering Bob Moses, 1935-2021

July 28, 2021

Resources for learning more about Moses’ life and experiences in the struggle for freedom


Summer LGBTQIA+ SciFi Book Crew Reads ‘A Memory Called Empire’

July 27, 2021

Climb aboard as we read the Hugo Award winner by author Arkady Martine!


What to Read This Month

July 19, 2021

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Contemporary Literature collections


Low Maintenance Book Club Resumes with “Middlemarch”

July 19, 2021

Join us for the third and final discussion of George Elliot’s classic


NEH Grant Will Increase Access to African American Oral Histories

July 8, 2021

Federal grant will expand access to the groundbreaking Duke oral history project


From the Conservation Lab: A Mysterious Leather Technique

July 2, 2021

Even with all we know about how books are made, some historical tricks of the trade are a mystery


LGBTQIA+ SciFi Book Crew Reads “Meddling Kids,” July 14

June 23, 2021

Hop on the mystery machine and join us for the second installment of the Summer LGBTQIA+ SciFi Book Crew


Low Maintenance Book Club Resumes with “Middlemarch”

June 21, 2021

Join us for the second of three discussions on George Elliot’s classic


What to Read (or Listen to) This Month

June 18, 2021

This month we’re showcasing audiobooks from our OverDrive collection


A Melancholy Skeleton in the Rubenstein

June 15, 2021

An in-depth look at the curious and mysterious history of an ivory memento mori


Curating for a Community: Joining the DCN

June 15, 2021

How we’re contributing back to the community that has helped to support our work at Duke


Summer LGBTQIA+ SciFi Book Crew Reads “Ninefox Gambit”

June 11, 2021

Climb aboard as we delve into the reaches of deep space with author Yoon Ha Lee


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads “Middlemarch”

June 9, 2021

Join us for the first of three discussions this summer on George Elliot’s classic


Workshop: Shaping Your Professional Identity Online, June 15

June 7, 2021

Learn about the opportunities and challenges the digital world poses for early career scholars


Call for Submissions: Human Rights Audio Documentary Award

June 3, 2021

New award seeks to support outstanding documentary artists exploring human rights and social justice


$1,500 Creative Writing Award for Duke Undergrads

June 3, 2021

Apply now for the Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award


What to Read This Month

June 2, 2021

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Contemporary Literature collections


Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 Years Later

June 1, 2021

A look at the archival legacy of the riots and massacre in the collections of the Rubenstein Library


Meet Sarah, One of Lilly’s Class of 2021

May 28, 2021

What’s a vital library resource? Our graduate student assistants!


Collecting for Global Diversity: Reflections a Year After George Floyd

May 26, 2021

A series exploring the role of international collections and their collectors in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads “Middlemarch”

May 25, 2021

Join us for the first of three discussions this summer on George Elliot’s classic


Films Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

May 21, 2021

Explore our recommended picks about the contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to U.S. culture


Summer LGBTQIA+ SciFi Book Crew Reads “Ninefox Gambit”

May 21, 2021

Climb aboard as we delve into the reaches of deep space with author Yoon Ha Lee


Intergenerational Collaboration Makes History

May 18, 2021

New Mellon-funded initiative aims to document how today’s activists built their social and political movements


“Library Takeout” Wins Library Film Festival

May 17, 2021

The music video takes home “Best of Show” in the ARL “Arlies” Film Fest


Meet Grace, One of Lilly’s Class of 2021

May 14, 2021

What’s a vital library resource? Our graduate student assistants!


“Such a Fun Age” Selected for Class of 2025 Summer Reading

May 12, 2021

Kiley Reid’s acclaimed book to be sent to incoming students


5 Titles: Unsung Black Women in the Olympics

May 11, 2021

A new series highlighting library resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion


Collecting for Global Diversity, Part 4

May 6, 2021

A series exploring the role of international collections and their collectors in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion


DivE-In Encourages You to Take 5

May 4, 2021

Recommended activities, programs, and educational opportunities on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues


How to Make Library Spaces Intentional, Inclusive, Flexible

May 3, 2021

One of the biggest and trickiest areas to get right is the design of our physical library spaces


Lilly Collection Spotlight: Films to Help Fortify and Fight Back

April 29, 2021

In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we’re highlighting films that illuminate this urgent issue


5 Titles: Southern African American Outsider Artists

April 28, 2021

A new series highlighting library resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion


Maps of Early 20th-Century Durham

April 27, 2021

A volume of Sanborn fire insurance maps recently came through our conservation lab


What to Read this Month

April 27, 2021

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Contemporary Literature Collections


$1,500 Creative Writing Award for Duke Undergrads

April 14, 2021

Apply now for the Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award


Collecting for Global Diversity, Part 3

April 13, 2021

A series exploring the role of international collections and their collectors in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion


Exhibit Talk: Beyond Supply and Demand, Apr. 16

April 12, 2021

Join us for a talk with the student and faculty curators of our exhibit celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage


Faculty Bookwatch: On Visual Satirist Ollie Harrington, Apr. 9

April 8, 2021

Join us for the second of two events marking the publication of Prof. Richard J. Powell’s latest book


Data Sharing and Equity: A Researcher Highlight

April 8, 2021

Equitable practices paired with data sharing create opportunities for greater discovery and progress


Library Internship Open House, April 7

April 5, 2021

Interested in archival and library work? Learn about Fall 2021 internships at the Rubenstein Library!


What to Read This Month

March 30, 2021

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Contemporary Literature collections


Decolonizing Archival Descriptions and Legacy Metadata

March 29, 2021

How can we present, catalog, and preserve collections in a way that accurately portrays the communities depicted in them?


Collecting for Global Diversity, Part 2

March 25, 2021

A series exploring the role of international collections and their collectors in promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion


5 Titles: Beyond Lucky Charms

March 22, 2021

A new series highlighting library resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion


$1,500 Prize for Book Collecting

March 22, 2021

Attention, student bibliophiles! Share your collection with us and you could win big money.


Faculty Bookwatch: Going There: Black Visual Satire, Mar. 22

March 19, 2021

Join us for the first of two events marking the publication of Prof. Richard J. Powell’s latest book


Lilly Collection Spotlight: They Came to Play – Women in Sport

March 18, 2021

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Lilly Library shines a spotlight on Women in Sport.


Mendez Book Award Winner Theresa Keeley Speaks, Mar. 16

March 15, 2021

Join the online event as Keeley accepts the award and reads from her book


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads ‘A Year in Provence’

March 9, 2021

Missing spring break? Join us for a literary trip with this month’s selection.


12 Duke-Authored Books on Women’s History

March 9, 2021

Duke scholars document women’s contributions to history, culture and society


Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

March 5, 2021

Subscribe and be the first the know about library events, services, and other news you can use


$1,500 Prize for Book Collecting

March 4, 2021

Attention, student bibliophiles! Share your collection with us and you could win big money.


A Few Words in Memory of Our Friend, Sam

March 3, 2021

Library staff and retirees share their memories of a longtime colleague and Duke personality


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