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The Duke Alumni Card provides borrowing privileges to the following libraries:

To register for borrowing privileges, you must bring your Duke Alumni ID to the service desk at Perkins, Lilly, Music, or Divinity Library during normal business hours.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to register please email us.

PLEASE NOTE: Materials may not be removed from the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, but visitors can view materials in the Rubenstein reading room .

Other Resources

Duke alumni have access to many of the services used by students, such as:

Friends of the Duke University Libraries

  • Learn more about Friends of the Duke University Libraries, an association of alumni, faculty, staff and other bibliophiles who are dedicated to promoting the interests of the Duke University Libraries.

Access Online Databases

Duke University Libraries provides access to a small selection of online databases (but NOT eBooks) for all alumni. Alumni must first register with the Duke Alumni Directory.

Access Databases

Databases accessible to registered Alumni

American Culture

  • Everyday Life & Women in America, 1800–1920
  • Popular Culture in Britain and America, 1950–1975
  • The Sixties: Primary Documents and Personal Narratives, 1960–1974


  • Business Expert Press

Citation Management

  • RefWorks


  • Dance in Video


  • Asian American Drama
  • Audio Drama: The LA Theatre Works Collection
  • Black Drama: 1850–Present
  • Filmakers Library Online
  • Theatre in Video


  • Empire Online
  • Medieval Travel Writing

Historical Journals & Newspapers

  • Eighteenth Century Journals
  • Harper's Weekly, 1857–1912


  • First World War: Personal Experiences
  • Literary Manuscripts: Victorian Manuscripts
  • Medieval Family Life
  • Slavery, Abolition and Social Justice, 1490–2007


  • Black Short Fiction and Folklore
  • Black Thought and Culture


  • China: Culture and Society
  • China: Trade, Politics and Culture, 1793–1980
  • Confidential Print: Middle East, 1839–1969
  • Foreign Office Files for China, 1949–1980
  • Foreign Office Files for India, Pakistan and Afghanistan
  • India, Raj and Empire
  • Meiji Japan

Interdisciplinary & General Resources

  • EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • In The First Person
  • JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive
  • ProQuest ABI INform Complete
  • University Press Scholarship Online


  • Jewish Life in America, 1654–1954

Latino Studies

  • Latino Literature: Poetry, Drama and Fiction


  • Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Music Online
  • Smithsonian Global Sound


  • ATLA
  • ATLA Catholic Periodical and Literature Index
  • Digital Karl Barth Library
  • Digital Library of Classical Protestant Texts

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology Online
  • Ethnographic Video Online
  • Social History
  • London Low Life
  • Mass Observation Online
  • Romanticism: Life, Literature and Landscape
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Circuses, Sideshows and Freaks
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Music Hall, Theatre and Popular Entertainment
  • Victorian Popular Culture: Moving Pictures, Optical Entertainments and the Advent of Cinema
  • British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries

US History

  • American West
  • Virginia Company Archives
  • American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
  • American History in Video
  • North American Immigrant Letters and Diaries
  • North American Women's Letters and Diaries
  • Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600–2000


  • Academic Video Online