The Rubenstein Library welcomes questions from all users, regardless of academic affiliation. If you have a question of a general, historical nature, please consult the reference department of your college or university library or public library. We are only able to answer questions related to our holdings. Due to our small staff and the high volume of questions received, there may be a short delay before you receive a response.

Important Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Duke Undergraduate
  • Duke Graduate Student
  • Duke Faculty
  • Duke Alumna/us
  • Duke Staff
  • Non-Duke Undergraduate
  • Non-Duke Graduate Student
  • Non-Duke Faculty
  • General Public


Planning a resarch visit? Most of our collections are stored at our off-site repository, the Library Service Center, so you will need to register as a researcher and request the materials you want to use at least 2 full business days before you visit the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. We will retrieve your materials and hold them in the Rubenstein Library Reading Room.