Rubenstein Library Renovation Update: Oct. 4-18

Workers continue to remove stack flooring and construction debris through the roof of Rubenstein Library, a task that will be completed over the next few weeks. Follow @dukelibraries on Instagram or check out our Flickr site for more renovation photos and images from across the Libraries.

The renovation of Rubenstein Library continues to charge ahead as workers finish the last bits of demolition on the roof and begin work inside the building itself. The work being done in the next two weeks will be much the same as it has been. The second construction crew shift will continue working from 4:00 p.m. until midnight. There may be some noise heard in Perkins and in the Divinity School buildings due to the continuing demolition.

Free earplugs are available at the Perkins Library Service Desk on the first floor for library users who are bothered by the renovation noise. We thank you for supporting our progress and apologize for any inconvenience.


The view from inside a roof-less Rubenstein Library.


Here’s a summary of the major work that will be done over the next two weeks.

Rubenstein Library Renovation Work (October 4-18)

1.) The material hoist will continue to remove demolition debris.
2.) The structural demolition of the roof will be completed and demolition will continue on the inside of the building.
3.) Interior partitions of existing Duke Stone will be removed.
4.) Floor slabs and other demolition debris will be removed by the tower crane.
5.) The exterior wall demolition of the Biddle Rare Book Room will continue.


In order to make all members of the Duke community aware of the major activities and potential noise issues associated with the Rubenstein Library renovation, we will be posting regular announcements of upcoming renovation work on this blog. If you have questions, please contact Aaron Welborn, Director of Communications, at 919-660-5816, or