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If you plan to visit the reading room in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, you will need to register as a researcher. This allows you to:

  • Request materials ahead of your visit. Most of our collection is stored offsite and it takes us 4 business days to have them retrieved
  • Track the status of your requests
  • Use those materials on the day you visit
  • Order scans or digitized material from our collection, even if you're not visiting in person

Creating a registration account

If you're a Duke University or UNC-Chapel Hill faculty, staff member, or student:

  • Sign in with your NetID (Duke) or your Onyen (UNC).
  • Review and agree to library policies and regulations.
  • Fill in your information.
  • Click on “Submit Information.”
  • You’ve completed the online registration! You can now request Rubenstein Library materials.

If you're not affiliated with Duke or UNC:

  • Choose "Create Account"
  • Review the library policies and procedures.
  • Click “I Agree.”
  • Fill in your information. 
  • Click “Submit Information.”
  • You’ve completed the online registration!  You can now request Rubenstein Library materials.

Finalizing your registration

  • We’ll finalize your registration when you visit the library.  If you're creating an account for scanning or digitization services your account is now complete. 
  • Please bring a form of photo identification.  We accept government-issued photo IDs (such as a driver’s license or passport) and any university-issued ID.
  • We’ll also take a quick, informal photo of you as part of the registration process.  This will allow us to confirm your identity each time you visit our reading room. The photo is confidential, and we will not share it. 

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