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Find more information on getting materials from other libraries.

Find out how to:

  • Place an item on hold or recall it
  • Request items from other Duke University Libraries
  • Request items from other institutional libraries
  • Suggest a new book for our collections


  • You can check out all materials at Pearse Memorial Library except reference books and current issues of journals.
  • If you are a non-Duke borrower, you must get permission from the librarian to borrow books.
  • Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab utilizes Duke University Libraries' online circulation system. Therefore, if you cannot find a book you need at the Marine Lab Library, you can request it from another library in the Duke system.

Loan Periods

  • Faculty & Graduate students: 1 year
  • Staff & Undergraduates: 1 month


  • Renew books from the Marine Lab Library or other Duke libraries through My Accounts.


  • Another patron can recall your book two weeks after you have checked it out.
  • You will receive an email letting you know of the book's new due date.
  • Return a recalled book by the new due date, or you may incur a fine of $3 per day. 


  • Return all Duke books and books from other libraries in the Marine Lab Library book drop.
  • You must return A/V materials and equipment loans, such as iPads, directly to library staff. Do not leave these materials in the book drop.


  • Find Course Reserves directly behind "New Books," located on shelves immediately on right after entering the library.
  • Course Reserves are organized by course name & number.
  • Please note: Course Reserves do not circulate without specific permission from the instructor.

Interlibrary Requests

  • Marine Lab community can request book chapters and articles from Duke University Libraries and from other institutional libraries.