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Library Takeout Service: Now Taking Orders!

July 2, 2020

Pick up books and other materials from the library with minimal contact


Reading The Decameron, the Original Quarantine Book, in Quarantine

June 30, 2020

Why Boccaccio’s nearly 700-year-old masterpiece still holds up


Casting a Critical Eye on Hayti “Renewal” Maps

June 30, 2020

Digitized archival maps offer a window on Durham’s history of racial and economic injustice


From the Rubenstein Library: Diary of a Slave Trader

June 26, 2020

A closer look at an 1850s diary calls for a reclassification of its contents for researchers


Anti-Racism and Black Liberation: A Resource Guide

June 24, 2020

Recommended books, audiobooks, videos, and other resources to help you get started


Farewell, Kristina Troost, and Job Well Done!

June 22, 2020

Japanese Studies Librarian to retire after 30 years at Duke


Streaming Films for Juneteenth 2020

June 19, 2020

Check out a wide variety of streaming films that reflect the African American experience


W. E. B. DuBois in the Charles N. Hunter Papers

June 18, 2020

A fascinating find in the papers of a black educator, journalist, and reformer from Raleigh


Pandemic Reflections: The Ten Plagues of Egypt

June 15, 2020

Our Librarian for Jewish Studies reconsiders one of the earliest recorded stories of infectious disease


New FAQ on Resuming Library Services

June 12, 2020

Learn about our phased plans for reopening, as well as contactless pickup of books and other materials


A Statement of Our Commitment

June 8, 2020

A message to our community about how the Libraries are taking action against racial injustice


What to Read This Month

June 5, 2020

Recommended reads highlighting the black experience and black excellence


Lilly Looks – A Summer Premiere

June 4, 2020

Insider glimpses of our resources, films, books, and beyond, presented in short video posts


How to Make Woven and Interlocking Books

June 3, 2020

One of our conservators shows how, with a few simple tools, you can create these beautiful books at home


Grad Students: Apply for Fall Archival Expeditions by June 26

June 2, 2020

Interested in engaging students with digital and physical primary source materials?


Putting the “Global” Back Into Global Pandemic, Part 2

May 28, 2020

Our librarians share recommended reads and resources about pandemics throughout world history


When It Rains on the Inside

May 28, 2020

Even during a pandemic, minor library disasters can strike and have to be dealt with


On the Occasion of Ros Raeford’s Retirement

May 26, 2020

A look back at a forty-three year career in Duke’s libraries


Learning from Our Students

May 26, 2020

A snapshot of findings from our most recent student survey


Putting the “Global” Back Into Global Pandemic

May 19, 2020

Our librarians share recommended reads and resources about pandemics throughout world history


What to Read (Virtually) This Month

May 12, 2020

Recommended reads from our collection of e-books and audiobooks on OverDrive


Meet Noelle, One of Lilly Library’s Class of 2020

May 8, 2020

Graduation may be virtual this year, but our regard for our student workers remains very real


Videotelephony, Better Late than Never

May 8, 2020

We take Zoom for granted, but the technology that helps us endure a pandemic has been over a century in the making


Congratulations to Our Invited Talk Nominees!

May 7, 2020

Although the in-person celebration was called off, we want to recognize these outstanding undergraduate researchers


Meet Toni, One of Lilly Library’s Class of 2020

May 6, 2020

Graduation may be virtual this year, but our regard for our student workers remains very real


So Many Dates! Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen (1925)

May 5, 2020

How do these nearly century-old recipes for date muffins, date crisps, and date meringues hold up?


Print, Fold, Ponder: A Mini-Zine for This Moment

May 1, 2020

We’ve put together a little zine anthology of quotations we’ve been thinking about during this difficult time


Share Your COVID-19 Story, We’ll Archive It

April 29, 2020

The University Archives and Medical Center Archives are working to document this unique time in Duke history


Puppies & Ants & Sharks, Oh My!

April 28, 2020

In lieu of Puppies in Perkins, we’ve compiled a caboodle of animal live streams for you to view any time you need to de-stress!


Dedicated Devils: How Continuing Resource Acquisitions Supports Digital Classrooms

April 27, 2020

Next time you use one of our thousands of journals, textbooks or articles online, you have Continuing Resource Acquisitions to thank


Student Research and Writing Prizes: Win $1,000+

April 27, 2020

While you’re working on those final papers, consider submitting them for one of our research and writing awards!


You’re Invited to a Woman Suffrage Party

April 24, 2020

Break out your craft supplies and help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment


Labor in the Time of Coronavirus

April 23, 2020

Some musings on the essential workers who are keeping us all afloat during these challenging times


Earth Day Film Festival: Free Documentaries Through May 1

April 23, 2020

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with these twelve free documentaries


Animated April – the Winner is Crowned

Animated April - the Winner is Crowned
April 22, 2020

All the votes are counted, and the results between the match of The Ling King and Mulan are in…


Student Research and Writing Prizes: Win $1,000+

April 22, 2020

While you’re working on those final papers, consider submitting them for one of our research and writing awards!


You’re Invited to a Woman Suffrage Party

April 22, 2020

Break out your craft supplies and help us celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment


Update from the University Librarian on Acquisitions and Services

April 17, 2020

Deborah Jakubs addresses what Duke’s spending controls mean for our collections and services to the Duke community


Animated April: Are You Team Pixar or Team Disney?

April 14, 2020

Brackets aren’t just for March. Cast your vote on the best animated films in our collections!


$1,500 Creative Writing Award for Duke Undergrads

April 14, 2020

Due to the coronavirus, we’ve extended this year’s deadline for the Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award


Visiting the Library from Home

April 13, 2020

Even as the Libraries remain closed, there is no shortage of library resources to be enjoyed remotely


Meet Jessica, One of Lilly Library’s Class of 2020

April 10, 2020

Graduation may be virtual this year, but our regard for our student workers remains very real.


Outliving Outbreaks: Exploring Early Efforts to Fight Epidemics

April 8, 2020

Explore the history of epidemics, pandemics, and infectious disease in our History of Medicine Collections


Online Book Talk, Apr. 9: Rachel Lance, Author of “In the Waves”

April 6, 2020

Join us to hear about one Duke researcher’s quest to solve the mystery of a Civil War submarine


Celebrate National Poetry Month

April 6, 2020

We’ve never needed poetry more than now


Meet Sarah, One of Lilly Library’s Class of 2020

April 2, 2020

Graduation may be virtual this year, but our regard for our student workers remains very real.


You Count! An Overview of the 2020 Census

April 1, 2020

Happy Census Day! Just like libraries, the U.S. Census is for everyone.


Good News for Those with Their Nose in a Book

April 1, 2020

We’re piloting a new feature that lets you recapture that “old book smell” virtually


The Late Bronze Age Collapse of 1177 BC and the Coronavirus of 2020

March 31, 2020

Artifacts from an ancient disaster provide a chance to reflect on the current one and how Duke’s libraries are responding


Digital Opening Day

March 30, 2020

We may not be able to watch Major League Baseball, but we can take a tour through baseball-related materials in our digital collections


Is This a Bookmark, or Did You Forget Something?

March 30, 2020

Our Conservation Lab looks back on some of the best, and strangest, things they’ve found in library books


OverDrive and Libby Are Always Open

March 19, 2020

E-Books and audiobooks you can check out anytime


Sharing Data and Research in a Time of Global Pandemic

March 18, 2020

In a situation like we face now, unfettered access to research data could save lives


Cataloging the Edwin & Terry Murray Comic Book Collection

March 13, 2020

Duke holds one of the largest sequential art collections held by any library in North America, if not the world


Campus Update: Changes to Spring Classes, Events, Travel

March 11, 2020

Duke adopts new policies on spring semester classes, residential life, travel, events, and campus visitors


Greetings from Selanik/Salonica/Thessaloniki!

March 11, 2020

A recently acquired and digitized postcard collection offers a fascinating window on an ancient city


Join Us for a Spring Tea Break, Mar. 11

March 9, 2020

We’ll have origami, button-making projects, homemade cookies, and tea!


Announcing Summer Research Grants for Duke LIFE Undergrads

March 3, 2020

Apply for up to $4,500 to support original research over the summer


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads “Broad Band,” Mar. 4

March 2, 2020

Join us as we read the untold story of the “women who made the internet”


$1,500 Prize for Book Collecting

February 27, 2020

Contest is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Duke


What Book Should the Class of 2024 Read?

February 26, 2020

The selection committee has narrowed the field to four titles. Cast your vote by Mar. 1


Meet the Architects of the Lilly Library Renovation, Feb. 26

February 25, 2020

Curious to know more about the Lilly renovation and expansion? Join us for a public open session with the architects.


Exhibit Opening: Seeing the Invisible, Feb. 26

February 25, 2020

Help us celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit in the Chappell Family Gallery


Nominations Open for Undergrad Research Talks

February 19, 2020

Help us highlight student researchers who have shown excellence in using library materials


The Big Book in Lilly Library

February 14, 2020

What is that “big book” on display in the lobby of Lilly Library?


Department Spotlight: Preserving the Past at Rubenstein Library

February 13, 2020

Rubenstein Library builds a collection of 41 million items to preserve for use on campus and around the world


Find Article PDFs Faster with This Browser Plugin

February 12, 2020

Nomad offers single-click access to library content from Wikipedia, PubMed, more


Duke Digital Repository Evolution and New Home Page

February 11, 2020

After nearly a year of work, we’ve launched an updated version of our online repository


Blue Devil of the Week: Antha Marshall

February 11, 2020

Whether a new item or colleague, Antha Marshall knows how to make all feel at home


CEAL Distinguished Service Award Goes to Librarian Kris Troost

February 10, 2020

Prestigious award honors individuals for contributions to East Asian libraries/East Asian Studies


Digital Scholarship Open House, Feb. 13

February 7, 2020

Join us for a showcase of recent work and hear from experts on sharing public-facing digital scholarship


A Preview of the Lilly Library Renovation

February 6, 2020

Lilly Library is set to be renovated and expanded over the next two years. Here’s a preview of what’s in store.


Exhibit Lecture: Inventing the Nonsmoker, Feb. 7

February 4, 2020

Dr. Sarah Milov will discuss her new book, The Cigarette: A Political Historyin conjunction with our exhibit, Tobaccoland


Exhibit Opening: Seeing the Invisible, Feb. 6

February 3, 2020

Help us celebrate the opening of our newest exhibit in the Chappell Family Gallery


What to Read This Month

January 31, 2020

Recommended reads from our New and Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections


Read Between the Lines: Harrison David Rivers, Feb. 5

January 30, 2020

Visiting playwright and Rosati fellow will read selections from his work


Ciompi Quartet Lunchtime Classics, Jan. 30

January 28, 2020

Join us for a free midday performance in the library featuring Duke’s own Ciompi Quartet


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Cooking with Duke Power (1950s)

January 27, 2020

In the mid-20th century, the electric utility put out an annual collection of holiday recipes


Duplicate Dukes: Your Eyes Don’t Deceive You

January 25, 2020

While preparing to move portraits of prominent Duke family members, one of our conservators did a double-take


Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

January 23, 2020

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


Take Our Student Survey. You Could Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card!

January 22, 2020

Take our brief user survey and help us improve the library experience at Duke


From the NY Times: The Overlooked History of Women at Work

January 16, 2020

A Duke/Grolier Club exhibition explores 500 years of women as scientists, midwives, writers, activists, undertakers and more


Crack a Book with Colleagues

January 16, 2020

Join a campus book club or start your own


New Exhibit: Tobaccoland

January 15, 2020

Explore the role that tobacco marketing, branding, and nicotine addiction have played in American history


Raphael Lemkin at Duke University, Jan. 15

January 14, 2020

What did the man who coined the term “genocide” do while he worked at Duke?


The Satirist and Tinkerer, Hogarth

January 13, 2020

A new acquisition of prints by the famous artist involved some archival sleuthing


Carolyn Forché Wins Mendez Human Rights Book Award

January 13, 2020

Author will accept award at a March 2 ceremony at Duke


Low Maintenance Book Club Reads “Broad Band”

January 6, 2020

Join us as we read the untold story of the “women who made the internet”


Community Blood Drive, Jan. 7

January 6, 2020

Schedule an appointment to give blood today


Follow the Duke Libraries on Instagram

January 2, 2020

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


Are You on Our Mailing List?

December 30, 2019

Be the first to find out about events and programs at the Duke University Libraries


Follow Us on Twitter

December 26, 2019

Get news, updates, and edifying information from the center of intellectual life at Duke26


Like Us on Facebook

December 23, 2019

Stay connected with the Duke University Libraries


What to Read This Month: Holiday Edition

December 18, 2019

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


What We Digitized in 2019

December 18, 2019

Duke basketball posters, historic photographs, ancient papyri, and more


Donate Children’s Books to Book Harvest

December 10, 2019

Look for collections bins throughout the libraries, and please help us fill them!


Consumer Reports Archives Come to Duke

December 9, 2019

Archives chronicle social, cultural, and historical impact of nonprofit’s work over 83 years


My Duke Library: Andrea Kolarova’s Perspective

December 5, 2019

How has the library impacted YOUR Duke experience?


New Collection Spotlight: Chocolate, Enough Said

December 5, 2019

We’ve pulled together a sampler of mouth-watering titles (and movies) for this month’s theme


Miniature Therapy Horses at Lilly, Dec. 7

December 4, 2019

Trot over to East Campus and take a finals break with the “Stampede of Love”


News, Events, and Exhibits from Duke University Libraries