The Bostock Library which opened in October 2005 comprises five floors of services and collections configured to create an environment conducive to study, learning and research. Special features include the two-story Carpenter Reading Room, the Center for Instructional Technology, wireless and high-speed Internet access throughout the building, spectacular views of the Duke Chapel, and adjacency to both Duke’s expanding science and engineering complex and the West Campus quad.
Integral to the relationship between Bostock and Perkins are the gateway, which joins the two buildings, and the Perkins Tower. The three levels of the gateway, with windows overlooking the campus, are furnished with chairs and study tables. The Perkins Tower features a meeting room, a classroom, and additional study space.
Bostock also houses a portion of the Perkins Library Information Commons. Many Commons workstations offer Microsoft Office and other production software in addition to rich electronic library resources for the search and retrieval of information. The pairing of production and search and retrieval software enablies students to both research and write papers in the library. The Information Commons is under the direction of staff who offer content knowledge, technical assistance, and instruction and guidance in the integrated use of resources -- print, electronic, and digital.
The Bostock Library is named for the Bostock family, Roy and Merilee and their three children: Victoria Bostock Waters, Matthew Bostock and Kate Bostock Shefferman. The Bostocks, all of whom are Duke graduates, have contributed significantly to the university, financially and through their volunteer leadership. Roy Bostock is a former member of the board of trustees, and Merilee and Victoria are current members of the library advisory board.
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