Services for Visitors

Borrow Items

If you do not have a current affiliation with Duke, you can obtain borrowing privileges two ways:

Friends of the Duke University Libraries

A membership is $50 and includes a library card. Your card allows you to check out materials at:

  • Perkins and Bostock Libraries
  • Divinity School Library 
  • Lilly Library
  • Music Library

Purchase a Campus Borrowers Card

This card allows you to check out items from all Duke University Libraries except the Medical Center Library.  Cards may be purchased at the Perkins and Lilly libraries.

  • $75 for alumni
  • $100 a year for all others

Visitors from TRLN Universities

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a partnership of:

  • Duke University
  • North Carolina Central University
  • North Carolina State University
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

To borrow items, patrons from these institutions can visit the Duke University Libraries and present their home institution ID card. TRLN patrons also can use library public computers.

Use a Computer

Most visitors can use a library computer for one hour. Obtain a password from staff at a service desk. Visiting scholars should ask staff at a service desk for permission to access a computer for the duration of their visit.