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Multispectral Imaging Summer Snapshots

July 13, 2018

A few before-and-after images from our most recent imaging sessions


New Exhibit: Graphic Narratives from Around the World

July 11, 2018

Exhibit in Bostock explores the truly global popularity of graphic novels


LISTEN: ‘Stone by Stone’: The Story of Who Built Duke University

July 6, 2018

A project to discover the identities of the laborers who built the Gothic Wonderland


From the Paris Review: The Rare Women in the Rare-Book Trade

July 6, 2018

Profiles of women collectors, including Lisa Baskin, whose collection is housed at Duke


Take Our Survey. You Could Win a Tote Bag and Journal!

July 2, 2018

We’re seeking your feedback on our email newsletter


Civil War Letters Grapple with Gender, Interracial Marriage, Working-Class Life

June 29, 2018

Letters reveal a mother and her seven children divided by the Civil War


Check Out Our Latest Magazine

June 28, 2018

Stories about Duke’s tree-tagging system, the Silent Vigil, an immigrant’s path the Duke, and more


Earning While They’re Learning: Archiving Valuable Experiences

June 26, 2018

An occasional series of stories celebrating our library student workers


What We’ve Learned So Far from Our 2018 Library Satisfaction Survey

June 22, 2018

A look at some trends in how students view and use the Libraries


Help Us Identify the Antioquia 32!

June 21, 2018

Who are these “hombres misteriosos,” and what’s the story behind this unusual photograph?


Lilly Library’s Sizzling Summer of Dance

June 20, 2018

Celebrate ADF’s 41st season by checking out our diverse range of books and films related to dance


Blue Devil of the Week: Keeping the Pages Turning

June 18, 2018

Tabitha McCallop makes sure Perkins Library’s books get where they need to go


An Immigrant’s Path to Duke and How It Changed His Life

June 18, 2018

Many of the people who keep Duke running come from all over the world


From Our Magazine: Solving the Mystery of Tree No. 1

June 14, 2018

On a campus with thousands of trees, how do you track down just one?


Sustaining “Open”

June 11, 2018

Stewarding and sustaining open knowledge for the long term is hard, complicated work


What to Read This Month: June 2018

June 11, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


The Good, the Bad, and the Just Plain Weird

June 8, 2018

Try these historical beauty tips from the 19th century!


Imaging Renders Decayed Texts Visible Once More

June 5, 2018

Multispectral imaging at the Duke Libraries unveils the contents of ancient manuscripts


Women: The World Over

June 4, 2018

An unusual set of lantern slides offers a snapshot in time


Rubenstein Library Test Kitchen: Apple Pie and Raspberry Shrub (1836)

May 31, 2018

Celebrate summer with a taste of the nineteenth century


Archival Expeditions: Applications Due June 8

May 30, 2018

Grad students: Have an idea for teaching with special collections? Apply now.


Doctor Dolls, Coming Soon in 3-D

May 25, 2018

These figurines remain a mystery. But 3-D X-ray scanning could make them easier to see and study.


Read along with “The Great American Read” on PBS

May 22, 2018

A new public TV series starting this week attempts to pick America’s favorite book


New J. Walter Thompson Co. Digital Database

May 22, 2018

New database draws on Duke’s advertising history collections


Follow Us on Twitter

May 16, 2018

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


Like Us on Facebook

May 14, 2018

Stay connected with the Duke University Libraries


Emma Goldman Papers Newly Available

May 10, 2018

Papers by the iconic anarchist and intellectual figure are available to the public for the first time


Earning While They’re Learning: Getting in Tune with the Music Library

May 8, 2018

An occasional series of stories celebrating our library student workers


New Reads This Spring by Duke Authors

May 7, 2018

Spring books make predictions about the sharing economy and the ‘century of the photon’


Behind the Scenes: Meet the Project Vox Research Team

May 4, 2018

Meet the students who collaborate to write new material for the Project Vox site


Fashionistas and Soldiers: Military Ads for Women

May 2, 2018

A look back at how the armed forces have marketed themselves to women over the decades


Working with the Library: Engaging Students in Neurodiversity Activism

May 1, 2018

Q&A with Dr. Marion Quirici on how we support her teaching and research in disability studies


Workshop: Books as Social Networks, May 11

April 27, 2018

Get an introduction to the discipline of Book History and explore methodologies for studying books as artifacts


Exhibit Tour and Lunch with the Experts, Apr. 27

April 24, 2018

Join us for a conversation about the 1968 Silent Vigil and the legacy of Terry Sanford


You’re in Fur A Treat: Puppies in Perkins!

April 24, 2018

Join us in Perkins for a study break, snuggles with therapy dogs, and themed button making!


Sullivan Awards Honor Graduating Senior, Libraries Staff Member

April 23, 2018

Award recipients embody the qualities of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist


Earning While They’re Learning: Up Late at Lilly Library

April 17, 2018

An occasional series of stories celebrating our library student workers


Check Out Our Latest Newsletter (and Subscribe!)

April 16, 2018

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


Creative Writing Award for Duke Undergrads

April 12, 2018

Submissions due May 15. You could win $1,500!


Class of 1968 Books on Display for Reunions Weekend

April 11, 2018

Help us celebrate the achievements of this year’s half-century reunion class


Send a Postcard from the Library (Since You Pretty Much Live Here)

April 9, 2018

Celebrate National Library Week and let the outside world know you’re still alive!


Focus Group Participants Needed (Free Food!)

April 5, 2018

Your opinion counts! Share your thoughts on how we can improve the Libraries.


Our March Movie Madness Winner Is Crowned

April 5, 2018

“Rocky” takes down a worthy challenger, “The Karate Kid,” in a classic sports film match-up


Water Main Break Closes Lower Level 2 of Perkins Library

April 4, 2018

As of this time, no books are believed to be damaged


Re:Publishing Event: Metrics, Alt-metrics, and Impact, Apr. 4

April 3, 2018

What if we’re measuring all the wrong things?


Viv Radyo Ayiti! Vive Radio Haïti! Radio Haiti Lives!

April 2, 2018

We’ve completed the first major stage of an NEH-funded project to preserve the legacy of Radio Haiti


How the 1968 Silent Vigil Marked a Turning Point for Duke

April 2, 2018

William Turner recalls following MLK’s assassination students acted to change the university


Fetching New Portrait Unveiled in Gothic Reading Room

April 1, 2018

New addition to gallery of campus notables made possible by an anonymous donation


March Movie Madness: We’re Down to the Elite Eight

March 29, 2018

Who’s still standing? Cast your vote for the best sports film of all time.


Disability Pride Week at Duke: A Reading List

March 27, 2018

Check out this list of recommended books with positive representations of disability


New History of Medicine Exhibit: Changing Perspectives on Menopause

March 23, 2018

For centuries, medical professionals considered the “change of life” a debilitating disease


Live at the Ruby! Trainers: A Theatrical Essay, Mar. 28

March 23, 2018

Sylvan Oswald, award-winning interdisciplinary artist, is the 2017-2018 Rosati Visiting Fellow


Graduate Workshop on the Law and Ethics of Using Archives, Mar. 26

March 22, 2018

Join us for a session on how to navigate the ethics of researching when the law is unclear


Putting SNCC Veterans into the Civil Rights Era Spotlight

March 22, 2018

Exhibit and conference reflects on how young activists helped launch a movement


March Movie Madness: What’s the Best Sports Film of All Time?

March 20, 2018

Fill out your bracket and you could win a Crazie prize from Lilly Library!


What to Read This Month: March 2018

March 18, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


Duke University Libraries Announces Leadership Team Changes

March 16, 2018

Changes include new senior appointments, a retirement, and a division reorganization


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

March 14, 2018

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Lilly Library highlights books and movies featuring women athletes


A “malicious fabrication” by a “mendacious scribbler for the ‘New York Times’”

March 12, 2018

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Accusations of “fake news” are nothing new.


Read Longmire with the Low Maintenance Book Club

March 12, 2018

We’ll read a story from Craig Johnson’s Longmire series, which has been adapted for TV


The Courageous and Audacious Ladies of Llangollen

March 7, 2018

The fascinating case of an 18th-century same-sex couple who risked everything to live together


From Our Magazine: Ten Library Terms You Should Know

March 6, 2018

For the true bibliognost, here are ten unusual bits of library lingo that are definitely worth knowing.


Check Out Our Latest Newsletter (and Subscribe!)

March 2, 2018

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


What Should Next Year’s Class of Dukies Read?

February 28, 2018

View the seven finalists and cast your vote by March 7


Earning While They’re Learning: Getting an Edge on Work

February 26, 2018

An occasional series of stories celebrating our library student workers


The Complete “Mystery Date with a Book” List

February 23, 2018

Check out the complete list of our mystery picks, along with the library staff who recommended them


A Sneak Peek at Downtown Durham’s New Main Library

February 22, 2018

Durham County Library Director Tammy Baggett-Best presents on  stunning renovations


Can’t We Just Make a Venn Diagram?

February 22, 2018

How a visualization comes together, from data to rough drafts to final product


Low Maintenance Book Club: Love Between the Covers, Feb. 27

February 21, 2018

Join us to share your favorite reads from the past year and get recommendations from others


Re:Publishing Series: Publishing as Pedagogy, Feb. 22

February 19, 2018

Join us for a discussion about creating public-facing works in the classroom


What to Read This Month: February 2018

February 15, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


Sojourner Truth’s Narrative

February 15, 2018

Tracing the complex publication history of one of the 19th century’s most important books


New and Improved Rubenstein Library Website

February 13, 2018

Redesign features updated imagery, better navigation, and more prominence for exhibits


Love Data Week: Feb. 12-16

February 13, 2018

Check out events across Duke devoted to telling stories with, about, and behind data


This Valentine’s Day, Go on a Mystery Date with a Book

February 9, 2018

Our library love experts are here to improve your circulation, if you know what we mean.


Text/Data: A Digital Humanities Workshop Series

February 8, 2018

Working with textual data in the context of the digital humanities


#28daysofblack at the Rubenstein

February 7, 2018

All February, we’ll share archival materials that feature black authors, activists, families, and more


Colson Whitehead Speaks at Duke, Feb. 7

February 6, 2018

The event is free and open to the public


Open House: The Hidden Work of Digital Scholarship, Feb. 8

February 6, 2018

Lunch and a conversation with a cross-disciplinary panel of grad students


Best in Snow: Lilly Library Collection Spotlight

February 2, 2018

Winter sports, Olympic history, and snowy landscapes are this month’s theme


Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin

February 1, 2018

A look back on the legendary writer, and recommendations for further reading


Low Maintenance Book Club: Love Between the Covers, Feb. 27

February 1, 2018

Join us to share your favorite reads from the past year and get recommendations from others


From the Conservation Lab: That Is One Flat Hat

January 29, 2018

A Civil War era chapeau looked like “roadkill” when a researcher found it


Collections Spotlight: Contemporary African Literature

January 28, 2018

Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by and about Africans today


Check Out Our Latest Newsletter (and Subscribe!)

January 26, 2018

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


Earning While They’re Learning: Lessons Learned at the Rubenstein

January 23, 2018

An occasional series of stories celebrating our library student workers


Take Our Survey for a Chance at a $150 Amazon Gift Card

January 23, 2018

Share your input and help us shape future library services and resources


What to Read This Month: January 2018

January 22, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections


Textbooks on Reserve in Perkins and Lilly

January 12, 2018

Left your textbook in your dorm room? Borrow our copy!


Colson Whitehead to Speak at Duke, Feb. 7

January 11, 2018

The event is free and open to the public


Mendez Book Award Honors “Assassination of a Saint”

January 10, 2018

The quest to learn the truth behind the murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero


New Service: Check Out Books with Your Phone

January 5, 2018

Duke Self-Checkout is a fast, easy way to check out books from the Libraries


Follow Us on Twitter

December 27, 2017

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


Like Us on Facebook

December 21, 2017

Stay connected with the Duke University Libraries


New Acquisition about the Most Famous Reindeer of All

December 19, 2017

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer began life as a promotional campaign for a department store


Coursera for Duke Gives Free Access to 40+ Online Courses

December 15, 2017

Enhance your skills or explore a topic at your own pace, with no grade, and no risk


Terry Sanford’s Varmint Dinner

December 15, 2017

A look back at a little-known Duke tradition


Take the Library Home with You for the Holidays

December 11, 2017

Even during winter break, you can stream movies, music, download eBooks, and more


Puppies in Perkins, Dec. 13

December 8, 2017

Yes, you read that right. Puppies. In Perkins.


Lilly Library’s Naughty-or-Nice Holiday Films List

Holiday Films
December 8, 2017

Our librarians selected 100 holiday films for your holiday cheer and diversion


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