Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Research Commons?

Bostock Library Level 1, which will be closed for renovation summer and fall 2014.

Where’s all the stuff going that used to be on Bostock first floor? 

The chart below shows materials that are moving in spring 2014 from Bostock Level 1 as well as from Perkins Level 1. Check Books & More (catalog) for specific titles and locations. 

Materials New Location
Current display periodicals Perkins Level 1
Current periodicals Bostock Lower Level
Current periodicals: History and Anthropology Lilly Library
Newspapers Bostock Lower Level or Perkins Level 1
Microforms and Indices Bostock Lower Level
Microform Reader / Printers Bostock Lower Level
ePrint stations To be determined
Scanners Perkins Level 1
Bound Periodicals Library Service Center
Perkins Print Reference: Q to V Perkins Stacks
Perkins Print Reference: Z Perkins Stacks and Library Service Center
Perkins Print Reference: Oversized Perkins Lower Level 2
Perkins Print Reference: National Union Catalog Library Service Center

Where are other places I can go to study? 

Collaborative and quiet study spaces are available throughout Perkins and Bostock Libraries, accommodating a range of users and uses. You can search for and reserve the place that meets your needs:

When can I start using the Research Commons? 

As soon as construction is complete (planned for November 2014), the space will be open again to users. The Research Commons will officially open in early spring 2015.

What can I do in the Research Commons?

You can find research experts and digital consultants, digital tools and data, workshops, and dedicated rooms where you and your team can work on a project. Spaces, services, and resources are designed to improve and extend such research activities as

    • Research and data consulting
    • Data visualization and analysis
    • Digitization
    • Hands-on training in research methods and tools
    • Collaborative learning
    • Public presentation of research

Who can use the Research Commons?

All Duke researchers (faculty, students, and staff) are welcome. During high-use times, preference and priority for spaces (like project rooms) and resources (like workstations) for researchers whose work requires access to places, expertise, and resources that are unique to the Research Commons.

How do I apply for a project room for my team?

Stay tuned for information on how to request a project room for your team.