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What can your Residence Hall Librarian do for you?

  • Keep you informed with periodic e-mail messages highlighting resources and programs, like study breaks and extended Library hours during exam weeks
  • Answer your questions about Library services, like borrowing technology, citing sources, and requesting materials from other libraries
  • Assist you with your research assignments by helping you identify the best sources and formulate search strategies
  • Connect you with library specialists across all subject areas
  • Support you even when you’re not on campus—for example if you’re on break
  • Help you when you don’t know where to start or can’t think of what to do next!

Ira King

Ira King

First-Year Experience Librarian, Lilly Library, & Librarian for Disability Studies

Lilly Library

Phone: 919.660.9465


Ira King is the First-Year Experience Librarian and Librarian for Disability Studies. Ira has been at Duke since 2016 and has an office in Lilly Library on East Campus. As the First-Year Experience Librarian, Ira is involved in outreach, library instruction, and research assistance with the aim of helping first-year students make the transition to doing college-level research. Ira also helps lead the First-Year Library Advisory Board (FYLAB) which gathers feedback from students to improve the Libraries’ services and spaces. Ira works frequently at the Lilly public service desk so stop by and say hello if you see him!

Ira was born in Germany on a military base, and grew up in a small town in Southeast Missouri along the Mississippi River. He went to college at Truman State University (B.A. in History and English), and received his MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2015. In his free time he enjoys NBA basketball, the St. Louis Cardinals, going to concerts in the Triangle, and exploring the mountains and coastal areas of North Carolina. Ira lives in Durham with his partner and dog.