Updates to Our Services

  • Rubenstein Library Reading Room: The Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library Reading Room is currently closed to all researchers, including members of the Duke Community.
  • Research and Reference Services: Staff are working remotely, but can answer general questions about our collections and services and help you identify digital material in our collections or at other repositories for your research paper or project.  Ask a Rubenstein Librarian.
  • Instruction: Rubenstein Librarians are available to provide online instruction and assist in designing assignments using our digital collections and digitized items from other repositories. Learn more about our support for remote teaching and learning.
  • Reproductions: Onsite digitization services are not currently operational and no new reproductions will be made until staff return. However, we are able to provide access to existing digital scans and files where they already exist. You may submit a reproduction order here. Orders requiring new scans will be completed when staff return to the library.
  • Exhibitions: All exhibit spaces are currently closed. We will work with students, faculty, and staff to maintain the schedule for future exhibitions, which will depend on the resources available over the coming months. Please contact Meg Brown if you have questions about exhibitions.

Options for Digital Research

Browse or Search Duke Digital Collections

Browse or Search Other Digital Primary Sources

  • America’s Historical Newspapers (Duke NetID required)
    America's Historical Newspapers offers searchable digital facsimiles of thousands of titles from all 50 states. With eyewitness reporting, editorials, letters, advertisements, and obituaries, this collection chronicles the evolution of American culture and daily life from 1690 to the recent past.
  • Early English Books Online (Duke NetID required)
    Page images of almost every work printed in the British Isles and North America, as well as works in English printed elsewhere from 1470-1700