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

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.

BorrowDirect Plus Visitors

Faculty, staff and students with active BorrowDirect accounts can present their school's ID card to obtain borrowing privileges for Perkins, Lilly, Music and Divinity Libraries as well as the Library Service Center. Privileges are issued at the Perkins Library service desk weekdays 8 AM to 7 PM. Visitors will be required to confirm their current affiliation with their institution by successfully logging into their BorrowDirect account.

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.

Request Materials from the Library Service Center

The Library Service Center (LSC) houses materials off-site. Use this form to request materials to be delivered to one of the campus libraries.