Research Commons

The Research Commons extends Duke University Libraries’ mission through its support of interdisciplinary, data-driven, digitally reliant and team-based research

Opening in spring 2015 in the renovated first floor of Bostock Library, the Research Commons brings together resources and expertise to help Duke researchers innovate, in a space that invites discovery, experimenting, and collaboration. Generous funding to create the Research Commons was made possible through the Duke Forward Campaign.


Bostock Library, Level 1 campus map

The first floor of Bostock will be renovated during Summer and Fall 2014, to create a centralized physical space on campus next spring that invites discovery, experimenting and collaboration. In the Research Commons you’ll find

  • Data and Visualization Lab
  • Workshop and presentation space, for groups small (6-8) and large (up to 45-50)
  • Project rooms, multiple sizes, both reservable and drop-in
  • Library personnel, available on site and by appointment for consulting and assistance


The Research Commons connects you with resources and specialists and puts you in touch with other research partners at Duke. Get expert advice for

  • Planning and managing the research process, from idea to publication
  • Analyzing and visualizing research data, from graphs to maps and timelines
  • Sharing your research with others, through presentations, publications and archives


Find tools in the Research Commons to help you with your research process, from looking for new ideas for a project, to collecting or creating research data, to creating public presentations of your work. Presentations, workshops and on-hand staff assistance point to new possibilities for your research. 

  • Scanners (large-format, overhead, and multi-sheet feed)
  • Data and Visualization Software  (statistics, mapping, and visualization)
  • Training (workshops on research methods and tools)