Duke University Libraries' Comprehensive Campaign

In September 2012, Duke University launched the most significant fundraising campaign in its history.  The comprehensive $3.25 billion campaign supported strategic priorities across the university, with a goal of raising $45 million for the Duke University Libraries. Generous hearts and minds responded to the call to make Duke's Libraries the best they could be.  Thanks to the support of our donors, we raised over $63 million during the Duke Forward campaign--over 140 percent of our goal--a success that belongs to everyone who treasures and remains bonded to a great library at the heart of a great university. 

Duke Forward is already making an impact across every one of our strategic priorities, and its reverberations will continue to be felt for years to come.  Across two campuses and the Duke Marine Lab, students and faculty gather in our libraries to exchange ideas, explore our collections, participate in cultural events, and experiment with innovative tools that enrich teaching and learning.  Each one of them is part of the legacy of this campaign. 

We are proud of the progress we have made over the last five years.  We hope you will be inspired by a few of the outcomes highlighted here.  But this isn't simply the culmination of a years-long effort.  It is a jumping-off point for even greater things we can accomplish together.

How has Duke Forward made a difference? Let Keegan and Ashley tell you.

Duke students are already feeling the impact of the campaign's success--students like Keegan Trofatter and Ashley Rose Young. We interviewed two students--one undergraduate, one graduate--to learn about their library experiences and how philanthropic support for the Libraries has made a difference to their time at Duke.

Duke Forward Campaign Priorities


Spaces for Study and Community

1. Spaces for Study and Community

Reimagine our physical presence on West Campus, with the completion of the Perkins Project. More »



Building Distinguished Collections

2. Building Distinguished Collections

Expand our historically strong print collections, those unique and high-profile holdings that distinguish Duke from other research universities. More »



Technology for Faster, Easier, Better Research

3. Technology for Faster, Easier, Better Research

Invest in modernization efforts that will accommodate the new ways our faculty and students teach and learn. More »



Programs that Educate and Engage

4. Programs that Educate and Engage

Showcase student and faculty work, our inspiring collections, and innovative spaces through public programming and social events. More »



Supporting Experts and Innovators

5. Supporting Experts and Innovators

Recruit and retain the experts who will help our students and faculty blaze new paths in research. More »