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Eleanor C. Pressly: A Duke Alumna at NASA

July 15, 2019

Reflections on a Duke alumna who contributed to the larger effort to put a man on the moon

Author Agreement for a DH Project: Is That a Thing?

July 15, 2019

Why might a digital humanities project consider creating author agreements?

In the Conservation Lab: Evidence of Ownership

July 12, 2019

Some of our more intriguing items show evidence of a previous owner’s fondness for them

Low Maintenance Book Club Reads “There, There”

July 9, 2019

Join us for a special discussion of the 2019 Duke Summer Reads selection

Mary or Martha? Ph.D. Student Makes an Important Find

July 2, 2019

12th century Greek manuscript in the Rubenstein Library helps Elizabeth Schrader argue her case

What to Read This Month

July 1, 2019

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections

Upcoming International and Area Studies Exhibit

June 28, 2019

New exhibit will feature anti-American materials from around the world

Favorite Haitian Creole Expressions from the Radio Haiti Archive

June 28, 2019

Our Radio Haiti Project Archivist offers some parting thoughts and evocative expressions

Story+ Research Symposium

June 24, 2019

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – 12:00pm to 3:30pm

Free to Be 1G

June 20, 2019

How the Libraries Support First-Generation Students at Duke

Low Maintenance Book Club Reads There There

June 19, 2019

For the summer meeting, we’ll be discussing the 2019 Duke Summer Reads selection There There.

Curating the Self

June 17, 2019

The Dawn Langley Simmons Papers and Transgender History

Data Sciencing our Journal Subscriptions

June 14, 2019

Breaking the Bundle: Analyzing Duke’s Journal Subscriptions with the Data+ Summer Program

The Art of Writing Letters

June 10, 2019

A Q&A with Joanna Murdoch, a Ph.D. Candidate in the English Department

Dancing to the Beat of Her Own Books

June 6, 2019

Alumna Honors Dance Mentor and Duke Memories with Library Gift

Database Tips and Tricks

June 5, 2019

Learn How to Navigate the databases provided by Duke University Libraries.

Data Lost, but not Forgotten

June 4, 2019

This post by Kaylee Alexander is part of a series on graduate students’ “Intern Experience” at Duke University Libraries. 

Happy Birthday, Walt Whitman!

May 31, 2019

Today is the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s birthday!

Close Reading: Whitman Makes His Mark

May 28, 2019

What History Can Tell Us Through a Single Document

Duke Magazine: When There Was an Impostor on Campus

May 22, 2019

Our University Archivist relates how, for two years, a con man posed as a member of a famous wealthy family

SLGs Have Roots in Woman’s College Experiment

May 20, 2019

A Duke tradition got its start with a group of women wanting to extend their learning into their living space

Follow Us on Twitter

May 20, 2019

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

Seek ‘Unhistoric Acts’ that Grow the Good

May 13, 2019

“Among our special manuscripts you will find some of our most treasured wisdom and the ingredients for some of our most transformative discoveries.”

President Price extols the virtues of the library during his baccalaureate address to Duke graduates this weekend.

What to Read This Month: May 2019

May 9, 2019

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections

This Month’s Collection Spotlight: Southern Food

May 8, 2019

People come to Duke from all over the world, and while they’re here, they eat

“Physogs:” Hard to Say and to Play

May 7, 2019

Board games aren’t what they used to be, thank goodness

How We Keep Millions of Books Safe and Available for You

May 6, 2019

Working@Duke takes a tour of the Library Service Center

Lilly Collection Spotlight: Dear Duke

May 3, 2019

The latest collection spotlight in Lilly Library shines on the disappearing art of letter writing

When Final Exams Hit

May 2, 2019

For some Duke staff, final exams bring a change to work’s regular rhythm

Publishing Tips for New Engineering Students

May 1, 2019

A conversation with a Duke Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Locus Collection Tracks the Stars and Universe of Sci-Fi

April 30, 2019

Huge collection includes many rare and noteworthy monuments of science fiction and fantasy

Project Vox publishes du Châtelet’s “Essay on Optics”

April 29, 2019

Until recently all copies of the text were thought to be lost

Walt Whitman Was a Rebel, and It Still Matters 200 Years Later

April 26, 2019

Brodhead returns to Duke to celebrate 200th anniversary of famed poet’s birth

My Duke Library: Christine Wei’s Perspective

April 26, 2019

How has the library impacted YOUR Duke experience?

Undergrads and Grad Students: You Could Win $1,500

April 25, 2019

Four different awards recognize excellence in graduate and undergraduate research

Richard Brodhead Offers a “Whitman Sampler,” Apr. 25

April 25, 2019

Join Duke’s ninth president as we celebrate the 200th birthday of the “Good Gray Poet”

What to Read This Month: April 2019

April 23, 2019

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections

Puppies in Perkins, Apr. 30

April 22, 2019

Treat yourself to a study bark!

Richard Brodhead Offers a “Whitman Sampler,” Apr. 25

April 18, 2019

Join Duke’s ninth president as we celebrate the 200th birthday of the “Good Gray Poet”

My Duke Library: Elizabeth Smithwick’s Perspective

April 17, 2019

How has the library impacted YOUR Duke experience?

Preserving Your Department’s Historic Records

April 16, 2019

Duke University Archives collects vital pieces of Duke’s story

Librarian Lee Sorensen Honored for Excellence in Advising

April 15, 2019

Lilly librarian among 10 faculty and advisers honored by Trinity School of Arts & Sciences

Women Across the Disciplines Symposium, Apr. 15-16

April 15, 2019

Distinguished scholars explore the significance and potential of the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

$1,500 Creative Writing Award for Duke Undergrads

April 11, 2019

Apply now for the Rudolph William Rosati Creative Writing Award

Grammy Nominees (and Winners!) in the Music Library

Grammys at the ML
April 11, 2019

Catch up with some of the critically-acclaimed recordings that you may have heard about

3 Hidden Perks of the Duke Libraries

April 10, 2019

Enjoy a free subscription to, free DVD rentals and more

From Shipping Crate to Exhibit Case, Apr. 12

April 8, 2019

Join us for an event celebrating the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection and the work of our amazing staff!

Radio Haiti Culminating Event, Apr. 11

April 8, 2019

Join us for a conversation with Haitian journalist and human rights activist Michéle Montas

Celebrate National Poetry Month (and Walt Whitman)

Photograph of Walt Whitman
April 4, 2019

Join us for a pop-up outside Vondy on Apr. 5, and make a button, and do a Whitman mad lib!

Spring Books by Duke Authors

April 2, 2019

Adventures in artificial intelligence, Peruvian guerrillas, snow leopards, and more

My Duke Library: Tyler Chery’s Perspective

April 1, 2019

How has the library impacted YOUR Duke experience?

Introducing a New Library Space: The ZZZone

April 1, 2019

Our new collaboration with Duke Wellness is a dream come true

Low Maintenance Book Club Reads David Sedaris

March 28, 2019

Come laugh with us as we close out the semester with Sedaris’s latest collection of essays

From Inside Higher Ed: Beginning of the End for the ‘Big Deal’?

March 27, 2019

Inspired by UC’s decision to drop its “big deal” with Elsevier, other libraries debate following suit

My Family Story Through Duke’s Digitized Collections

March 27, 2019

A personal take on how digitizing historical documents can help us understand our own history

Hear the Ciompi Quartet in the Library, Mar. 27

March 25, 2019

Join us for a free noontime concert featuring the music of Antonín Dvořák

Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

March 22, 2019

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

Duke’s Collections Inspire Book Art

March 22, 2019

Our conservators worked with a local troop of Girl Scouts to help them earn their Book Arts Badge

Lilly Library March Movie Madness: Superhero Edition

March 18, 2019

What is the best superhero movie of all time? Fill out your bracket and vote!

When Beale Street Spoke in Haiti

March 14, 2019

Reflections on the lasting and international legacy of James Baldwin

March Collection Spotlight: Year of the Periodic Table

March 12, 2019

150 years ago, Mendeleev published his Periodic Table of Elements. Feel some chemistry with these recommended reads!

Join Us for a Spring Tea Break! Mar. 11 & 13

March 7, 2019

Staying on campus? Join us for tea, cookies, and friendly library chit-chat

My Duke Library: Tyler Goldberger’s Perspective

March 7, 2019

How has the library impacted YOUR Duke experience?

WWI Orphans and American Red Cross Photographers

March 6, 2019

After the Great War, thousands of refugee families and orphaned children were cared for by the Red Cross

Enough is Enough: UC Leadership and the Transformation of Scholarly Publishing

March 6, 2019

It’s a great day to be a librarian, and a great day for scholars and scholarship

The Phrenology of the Dukes

March 1, 2019

Heads up! We’ve found the phrenology reports of two famous craniums in Duke’s history.

Meet Our Mystery Dates: The Complete Book List

February 28, 2019

Are you ready for love? Check out these book titles for your next perfect match!

War in Black and White: African American Soldiers’ Photographs

February 27, 2019

Witness the complex history between U.S. wars and the black soldiers who fought in them.

Exhibit Opening Feb. 27: Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work

February 26, 2019

Join us for the opening of a major new exhibit on the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

Juan E. Méndez Human Rights Book Award, Feb. 26

February 22, 2019

Join us for a special reading and reception honoring this year’s winner, María McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

What Book Should the Class of 2023 Read? Cast Your Vote!

February 21, 2019

The Duke Common Experience Committee has narrowed it down to five books and wants your feedback

It Came from the Bowels

February 20, 2019

There is a lot of hidden labor in libraries and archives that makes so-called “discoveries” possible

Bringing the Library to You

February 19, 2019

Duke teams with neighbor universities to create a new online library catalog system

What to Read This Month: February 2019

February 18, 2019

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections

Celebrate Black History All Year Round with “The HistoryMakers”

February 15, 2019

New database includes thousands of oral history interviews with noteworthy African Americans

Save the Date! Five Hundred Years of Women’s Work, Feb. 27

February 14, 2019

Join us as we celebrate the opening of a major exhibition on the Lisa Unger Baskin Collection

New Exhibit: Black Students Matter: Taking Over Allen in ’69

February 11, 2019

A new library exhibit marks the 50th anniversary of a moment that changed Duke

Women’s History Pioneer Anne Firor Scott Has Died At 97

February 7, 2019

Across three decades of scholarship, Scott helped usher in the field of women’s history

Our Latest Newsletter Is Out!

February 6, 2019

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

Love Between the Covers, Feb. 12

February 5, 2019

At the next meeting of the Low Maintenance Book Club, share your favorite reads from the past year

Matlock Papers Illustrate U.S. Cold War Strategy

February 5, 2019

Former ambassador Jack Matlock is donating his extensive archives to Duke

Telling Stories with Maps

January 31, 2019

Esri Story Maps lets you create interactive maps that incorporate text, images, video, and audio

Warming Up to Winter with Lilly

January 30, 2019

New collection spotlight and exhibit offer a feast for the senses

Winter Books: The Beatles, Ellington, and Other Great Reads

January 25, 2019

From history to sci-fi, books from Duke authors to enliven the winter season

Records of Births and Deaths in a 19th-Century Small Town

January 24, 2019

Physician’s records give us a sense of what life in New England was like from the 1870s-1900s

What to Read this Month: January 2019

January 23, 2019

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections

Locus Archives Document the History of Sci-Fi

January 17, 2019

Get a sneak-peek at a massive and fascinating new acquisition

January Collection Spotlight: Ethics Book Clubs for Staff

January 15, 2019

Check out some of the books being read by KIE staff book clubs across campus

A Celebration of Allan Gurganus, Jan. 17

January 15, 2019

Join us for a special reception and program celebrating the recent acquisition of his literary archives

This Semester’s Top Textbooks Available from the Library

January 14, 2019

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

How to Build a Better Book Cart

January 11, 2019

A team of engineering undergrads recently helped us overcome a basic design problem

Public Domain Showcase 2019

January 10, 2019

Celebrate the intro of new material in the public domain by showing us what you can do with it!

New Library Catalog Will Go Live Jan. 16

January 7, 2019

Functionality remains the same, but we think you’ll enjoy the enhancements and updates

Are You on Our Mailing List?

December 31, 2018

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

A Photographic Journey Through Chinese Turkestan

December 27, 2018

A 1915 photo album offers a glimpse of the remote steppes of Central Asia a century ago

Like Us on Facebook

December 24, 2018

Stay connected with the Duke University Libraries

Blue Devils’ Blue Light

December 20, 2018

An archivist bids farewell to Sam’s Quick Shop, which will close at the end of this year

Green Book Provides Guide to a Bygone Era

December 17, 2018

A new movie has generated interest in a historic resource for African American travelers from the Jim Crow era

“There Are No Dead Here” Wins 2018 Méndez Human Rights Book Award

December 12, 2018

Book explores the bloody story of the rise of paramilitaries in Colombia

Collection Spotlight: Books to Take You Places

December 10, 2018

We’ve pulled together a list of travel-themed books to get you through the holidays

News, Events, and Exhibits from Duke University Libraries