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International Student Guide to Duke Libraries

The International Student Guide to Duke Libraries provides users who are new to Duke with information about key library service points and locations, general information, policies, and research help.  As always contact library staff for any questions, issues, concerns about the Duke Libraries.

Patron Service Points @ Perkins and Bostock

All About the Duke Libraries: An overview of the Duke Libraries with links to library services and resources. The Duke Libraries have "open stacks"; which means you can go the stacks, with the appropriate call number, and get the material you need.  In general, there are limited items that need to be requested for you, for example, materials placed on reserve at the Circulation Desk.

Perkins Library Service Points:

Circulation Services/Circulation Desk: First Floor: check out materials and return materials; check out reserves materials (Course Reserves); pick up Document Delivery( Document Delivery ) items, ask any questions about missing books, fines, your library accounts at Circulation Desk. Circulation Desk is staffed during all library hours.

Research Services/Research Desk: First Floor: where to ask for help on using library resources.  Research Desk is staffed during most library hours, but not 24/7.  Research librarians can be reached by e-mail, phone, and chat (Ask a Librarian); research librarians specialize in subject areas (Subject & Course Guides)and can provide in-depth research assistance. (Research Help)

Data and GIS Services: Second Floor:  the collections and support of numerical and geospatial data; consultants are available to help you in using these specialized collections.

International and Areas Studies(IAS): Second Floor (Bostock): supports Duke's global, interdisciplinary teaching and research interests through specialized language skills and in-depth knowledge of regional cultures and societies; includes Nicholas Family International Reading Room.

The Link: L1 (lower level floor): provides teaching, learning, and collaborative space offering technologically enhanced classrooms. OIT and Arts and Sciences Services Help desk staff are available to help you with computer related problems.

The Perk: von der Heyden Pavilon: First Floor: Saladelia @ The Perk provides coffee, tea, food and wifi. Hours vary, check with cafe.

Writing Studio: First Floor: provides tutors who will work with you on your writing concerns.


Definitions to terms used in the Duke Libraries - an explanation to commonly used terms in the Library.

Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loans: service which allows you to borrow items which are not avaiable in the Duke Libraries.

E-print - how to use library printers

E-Readers: electronic books and appliances, such as Kindles and Nooks, for you to check out.

Fines: charges for materials that are overdue or lost.

Food policy: light refreshments and covered drinks are welcome. If you bring food or drink into the library,place your trash in trash bins. Do not bring hot and/or odorous food into the library.  Take a break and enjoy that meal elsewhere.

How Do I: links to help you use Library resources.

Group Study Rooms: rooms in the library for group study, which can be reserved for you and your group.

Library Hours: library hours do change over holidays and semester breaks, check this link for current library hours.

Library Service Center: a Duke library, which is off campus, but delivers materials to the Duke Campus by request.

Lockers and Study Carrels: lockers and small, locked rooms inside the Library.

Missing Books: can't find the book on the shelf, follow these steps.



International Student Contact

Dave Munden
Library Contact: Dave Munden; dave.munden@duke.edu.  Dave is available to handle your library related questions, concerns. 

How to Get Here

William R. Perkins Library
411 Chapel Drive
Durham, NC 27708

Phone: (919) 660-5870


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