Every book on these shelves has a story.
Who can say how many hands this one passed through? How many conversations that one started? How many journeys a book made before it finally came to you?
Here are just a few stories from the shelves of the Duke University Libraries:
- A visiting scholar noticed something unusual about our copy of Piranesi's Della Magnificenza (1761), on the architectural splendors of Rome.
- Angelo Rocca’s De campanis commentarius (1612) is a very special book on bells. We acquired a copy in honor of a very special ringer of them.
- Giving back by giving books: The Libraries’ Honoring with Books program allows you to pay tribute to a special person by naming a book in their honor.
Every library has a story, too. Millions of them, in fact, just like the ones here. More are written every day. And no matter how many we accumulate, there’s always room for more.
That’s not just smart. That’s crazy smart.
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