Updates to Our Services

  • Rubenstein Library Reading Room: Our reading room is currently closed to all non-Duke users. Duke users with a Duke Unique ID (DUID) and a Duke ID card can request an appointment to use the reading room. The reading room will be open to Duke users from February 15 through April 30.
  • Research and Reference Services: Staff are available to answer 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. We also provide a number of openly available teaching modules created by Rubenstein Librarians. Learn more about our support for online teaching and learning.
  • Reproductions: Digitization services are available to all users.  You may submit a reproduction order here.  Order timelines are extended, a staff member will be in touch to confirm the timeline.
  • Exhibitions: The Mary Duke Biddle Room, The Josiah Charles Trent History of Medicine Room, and the Michael and Karen Stone Family Gallery are closed until 2021. For more information and updates on other exhibition spaces please visit our website. 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