Duke University students, faculty, and staff have access to several methods of Interlibrary Requests, including Interlibrary Loan from institutions beyond Duke University, Duke Requests from libraries within Duke University, and Interlibrary Use Programs for access and borrowing when visiting a partner library outside of Duke University.
Service Changes Due to Coronavirus
Due to unavailability of physical items during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can only deliver articles and book chapters electronically, and many requests may be delayed or unfulfilled.
- Step 1.
- Search the catalog for Books & Media or Articles. If you see that a title is available at Duke, then you will need to borrow it through Duke Requests; however, if your title is not available, then you can request it through Interlibrary Loan using step 2:
- Step 2.
- Request a Title
- Step 3.
- After you place your request, Library staff will process your request through the service that is most likely to fulfill it promptly. Your item will usually take two to seven business days to arrive.
- Titles loaned to you through Interlibrary Loan will appear in your Interlibrary Loan account.
- Titles loaned to you through either TRLN Direct or BorrowDirect will appear in your Library Account.
- In most cases we can get an item for you via Interlibrary Loan faster than we can recall a copy currently in use by another Duke patron; please consider using Interlibrary Loan before recalling.
- We will try to get any type of library material that is not available at Duke through Interlibrary Loan, but it can be difficult to borrow textbooks, audiovisual materials, entire journal volumes, and materials that are rare, fragile or in high demand.
Request titles from Duke University Libraries through Books & Media. Simply click the green "Request" button next to the item you want.
- Duke faculty, graduate students, and honors thesis writers can request items for pick up at their preferred library location.
- Duke community members can request items housed at the Library Service Center for pick up at their preferred library location.
- Items from the Rubenstein Library can only be requested for use in the Rubenstein Library Reading Room.
Review loan periods and other information about borrowing at Duke University Libraries.
Interlibrary Use Programs
Duke students, faculty, and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at libraries on the nearby campuses of UNC, NCSU, and NCCU.
You may have access to libraries and collections at other institutions through BorrowDirect and other partnerships; learn how.
Patrons with Disabilities
Circulation staff will retrieve materials and deliver them to you.
Occasionally, our books go missing. If you cannot find a book that is listed in our catalog:
- Fill out a search form.
- We will search for the missing item and email you with our findings.
Suggest a Purchase
Suggest a title for the Duke Libraries staff to purchase for the permanent collection; you will be notified when approved requests are available to be checked out, typically within three to four weeks
Review in-depth information about who is eligible for Interlibrary Requests and how to place, track, pick up, or renew requests.
Questions? Contact Interlibrary Request staff for Perkins, Bostock, Lilly, and Music Libraries.
- (919) 660-5890
- (919) 660-5964
- Box 90183
180 Telecom Drive
Durham, NC 27708-0183