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Borrow Items

If you do not have a current affiliation with Duke, you can obtain borrowing privileges for one year by joining the Friends of the Duke University Libraries with a minimum donation of $100.

A Friends' borrowing card allows you to check out print materials from:

To receive a borrowing card, please visit the Circulation Desk at Perkins, Lilly or Goodson Library, or visit the Friends of the Duke University Libraries website for more information. A minimum gift of $100 is required to obtain or renew a borrowing card. If you plan to give online, please allow at least 48 hours processing time before requesting a card.

Durham Residents

 Members of the Durham community are eligible to apply for borrowing privileges at no cost by presenting themselves and proof of residence at the Perkins Library Service Desk. Only materials from the Perkins and Bostock Libraries and the Library Service Center are available to community borrowers. 

Please note: Materials may not be removed from the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library. Learn more about using the Rubenstein Library Reading Room. Please contact the Ford Library at the Fuqua School of Business directly for information about borrowing materials from their collections.

Off-campus access to e-journals and databases is not available for Friends of the Duke University Libraries.  If you are interested in accessing an online database or e-journal, please visit one of our locations.

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