Duke University Libraries acquires, preserves, and provides access to materials in digital formats that are essential to the research and teaching missions of Duke University. The Libraries support several digital repositories to address the varying needs of different kinds of materials, and provide services to members of the Duke community (faculty, students, and staff) around these tools and resources.

Focus Areas

The two primary areas for repository services are Library Collections and Duke Scholarship. These are further categorized into the four following groups:

Library Collections

        • Digitized collections - Duke Libraries continue to acquire and provide access to unique and important print and multimedia, such as archival and audio and visual materials. These materials are made available in Duke Digital Collections. The Digital Collections program digitizes and preserves many of these materials and makes them easily searchable and openly accessible to all online.

        • Acquired Materials - Duke Libraries licenses or purchases digital materials, including historical newspapers, e-books, data sets, and more. The majority of these collections are available through the Books & Media Catalog and Research Databases , but a small number of collections are available only through the Duke Digital Repository. Some of these collections may be used only by Duke students, faculty, and staff. Please see notes about accessing each collection on the collection’s information page.

Duke Scholarship

        • Research Data Management, Curation, Publication, and Preservation - Duke Libraries supports the Research Data Repository a platform where research data can be deposited, curated, and published with a DOI. The dataset DOIs can be linked to scholarly publications and Duke scholars profiles. Data deposit is open to all members of the Duke Community with a valid NetId. Data management consultants work with researchers to organize their data, and create appropriate metadata to ensure the data meets FAIR principles (FIndable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). The consultants can also help with finding a repository that is most appropriate for your subject area (whether at Duke or elsewhere).

        • Open Access to scholarly publications by Duke authors - Duke Libraries support an open access publications repository called DukeSpace , where Duke authors can deposit their scholarly publications and make them available to anyone with an internet connection. Many scholarly publications are not widely accessible - they are often only available behind subscription paywalls, inhibiting access and use by a broader community of potential readers. Publications deposited in DukeSpace are automatically linked to faculty profiles in Scholars@Duke , alongside the canonical publisher link and a preferred citation, ensuring that those who can access the subscription-only version do so, and everyone else can get a free copy from Duke, and still cite the original version. The DukeSpace repository also provides access to theses and dissertations by Duke graduate students.

Other Resources

Accessibility Policy - Duke University Libraries is committed to making the materials it provides access to as broadly accessible as possible, and to ensuring that access to its content is consistent with obligations under state and federal disabilities law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Deaccession and DMCA Takedown Policy -  Authors/depositors may not on their own withdraw or delete anything they have deposited, and instead must make a request that will be reviewed by relevant library or university staff (for example, library copyright experts, university DMCA agent, deans or other administrators), and acted on as appropriate by repository managers.

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