Services for Patrons with Disabilities

Request Items

The circulation staff can retrieve materials (books or print journals) from the stacks when you request them through a catalog search. Once you locate the item, click the "Get this title" link, followed by the "Request" link. Please make sure to identify yourself as having a disability in the notes field of the request form before submitting your request.

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The circulation staff will attempt to retrieve books and print journals for you immediately. If they cannot, they will hold your materials at a circulation desk of your choice. 

Students with disabilities may request that staff deliver books from other Duke campus libraries or partner libraries to the library of their choice. For example, you may request that staff send a book housed at Lilly Library to Perkins Library for pickup. This service is limited to books in our circulated collection and not rare or reserved books. 

Use a Copier

The library has many copiers available for your use. If you have difficulty using the library’s copiers, ask library staff to make copies for you. Note that you will need coins, a white library copy card or a Duke ID Card with an attached Flex account in order to make copies 

View Accessibility Maps

Duke Disability Management System is the central clearing house for disability-related information for Duke University and Duke University Health System. It lists the kinds and location of assistive technology equipment on campus and provides accessibility maps of the university and health system campuses that detail:

  • entrances
  • paths
  • restrooms
  • parking
  • emergency phones

Participate in Programs

If you need special assistance in order to attend a program taking place at Duke University Libraries, such as a wheelchair, please contact the program's sponsor prior to the event.