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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

Follow Us on Twitter

December 29, 2018

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

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

Find Your Haven at Oasis Perkins

December 10, 2018

The perfect place to escape any finals-related tension is on the 4th floor of Perkins Library

Miniature Therapy Horses at Lilly Library, Dec. 7

December 6, 2018

Have you heard about the “mane” event of finals season?

Libraries Receive $10 Million to Renovate and Expand Lilly Library

December 6, 2018

Updates will renew the oldest library on campus and enhance the student experience at Duke

What to Read This Month: December 2018

December 4, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections

Movember Adventures in the Archives

December 4, 2018

We’re sorry, but we mustache you to stop and read this

Get Ready for Finals with the Long Night Against Procrastination

November 29, 2018

Get help with research, writing, and de-stressing

Around the World with Our Librarians

November 26, 2018

Duke librarians travel abroad to build the university’s collections

The Process of Digitizing a Library Collection

November 21, 2018

It takes a village to transform scarce physical materials into something the whole world can use online

Providing Access to Radio Haiti Through Multilingual Metadata

November 20, 2018

Describing a collection in English, Haitian Creole, and French poses some interesting library challenges

What to Read This Month: November 2018

November 19, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature Collections

Save the Date: Duke Kunshan Exhibit Reception, Nov. 27

November 15, 2018

Join us for a special reception celebrating the opening of our new exhibit

Digital Project Profiles: Project Vox

November 14, 2018

A new series highlighting projects in our Digital Scholarship Services department

Hear the Ciompi Quartet in the Library, Nov. 14

November 13, 2018

Join us for a free noontime concert featuring the Ciompi Quartet with Eliza Bagg, soprano

Highlighting Duke Scholars Alongside Their Research

November 13, 2018

We’ve been working hard to highlight the importance and impact of research conducted at Duke

Brodhead Portrait Installed in Gothic Reading Room

November 8, 2018

Installation follows the portrait’s formal unveiling last week

Trinity College During the Great War

November 6, 2018

101 years ago, the U.S. officially entered WWI, and Trinity was feeling its effects

New Exhibit: Duke Kunshan University: From the Ground Up

November 5, 2018

A new library exhibit illustrates the complexity of starting a university from scratch

Film Screening, Nov. 5: Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

November 3, 2018

A new documentary explores the unmet need for open access to research and science

A Touch of “Hamilton” in the Rubenstein Library

November 2, 2018

Letters, books, and other writings that helped inspire the musical

Bingham Center Librarian Wins Duke Diversity Award

November 1, 2018

Kelly Wooten is driven by the idea that everyone’s story deserves to be preserved.

Researching Migrant Exclusion: We’ve Been Here Before

October 31, 2018

A guest post by a researcher visiting our Human Rights Archive

Exhibit Talk & Tour with Adrian Lentz-Smith, Nov. 6

October 30, 2018

Join us for a lunchtime exploration of our exhibit marking the centennial of the end of WWI

Books from Duke authors Spice Up the Fall Season

October 29, 2018

A roundup of titles worthy of attention, most of which are available in the library

Frankenstein Lives On!

October 26, 2018

So many film and novel adaptations, so little time!

Changes in the Gothic Reading Room

October 24, 2018

We’re moving some of the portraits to make room for an exciting new addition!

Celebrating Open Access Week, Oct. 22-28

October 23, 2018

Find out about efforts at Duke to make the fruits of research available as broadly as possible

Low Maintenance Book Club Gets Spooky with Shirley Jackson, Oct. 30

October 20, 2018

Join us as we read a selection of short stories by the author of “The Haunting of Hill House”

Expanded Access to Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE)

October 20, 2018

Watch peer-reviewed videos of people doing real-world scientific experiments

Conversation with Legendary Book Editor Bob Loomis, Oct. 24

October 18, 2018

Join us for a conversation with the long-time Random House editor and Duke alum

What to Read This Month: October 2018

October 17, 2018

Recommended reads from our New & Noteworthy and Current Literature collections

Introducing the Digital Humanities to Grad Students

October 16, 2018

Anybody can do it, and you don’t need to code. But there’s more to it than that.

Digitized: Henry J. Oosting’s Misadventure in the Arctic (1937)

October 15, 2018

The diary of a Duke professor and botanist offers some entertaining reading (and doodles)

Adding Memories to the Library Collection

October 10, 2018

Memorialize, honor or thank a special person through the “Honoring with Books” program

Got Library Fines? Give Food and We’ll Waive Them

October 10, 2018

An easy way to help people affected by Hurricane Florence, and get rid of your fines!

Faculty Bookwatch: “Images at Work,” Oct. 11

October 4, 2018

Join the Libraries and Franklin Humanities Institute for a Faculty Bookwatch panel and discussion

Understanding the Experiences and Needs of 1G Students

October 3, 2018

How can the Duke Libraries support the needs of first-generation college students at Duke?

Doing Good in the Neighborhood Campaign Kicks Off

October 3, 2018

Duke’s employee giving campaign that supports local nonprofits begins Oct. 1

News, Events, and Exhibits from Duke University Libraries