The primary responsiblity of the Acquisitions Department is to cultivate the library materials needed to support the educational and research mission of Duke University. While maintaining the highest ethical standards in our business transactions, our department of 16 staff:

  • works with 32 subject specialists to facilitate the selection and acquisition of material for Duke faculty, staff and students
  • orders library materials in diverse formats from around the world
  • administers Duke University Libraries' materials budget
  • oversees trial memberships for electronic resources
  • negotiates licenses for electronic resources
  • catalogs non-Roman language materials

Our Vision

The Acquisitions Department seeks to form efficient partnerships in the publishing, vendor and agent community and to work collaboratively for the benefit of researchers both on campus and within the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). Our staff analyzes and assesses vendor performance regularly and participates in consortia opportunities to provide electronic resources for the TRLN community.

Contact Us



Tykesha English

Accounting Unit Head

(919) 660-5986


Bill Verner

Order Management Unit Head

(919) 660 5908  


Virginia Bacon

Electronics Resources Acquisitions Coordinator