The Duke University Libraries recognize how important it is for doctoral students to have a quiet, dedicated space that they can leave and return to as they work on their doctoral research. To help meet that need, the Libraries are happy to make available the Doctoral Research Space (DRS) in the Perkins Library. The room is a shared office space for writing and research, intended to be a quiet, controlled-access scholarly workspace for Duke doctoral students. 

Upon entering the room, students who register for the room may choose any unoccupied desk and work as long as they wish in relative quiet.  Registered students will have exclusive access to the space and an adjacent support room with equipment such as an e-print terminal, scanner and desktop computer with Adobe suite. Registered students will also have access to a mobile locker (mobile storage unit) or static locker which will provide them with a secure place to leave their materials when they are not working in the room. The room is open and accessible to registered students anytime Perkins Library is open. 

Eligibility and registration

  • Only Duke doctoral candidates are eligible to register for the Doctoral Research Space.
    • Students may be registered for this space while they are on the carrel waiting list.
    • Carrel holders may not have access to the Doctoral Research Space.
    • Students in the Duke University Schools of Business, Divinity, Law, Medicine and Nursing are not eligible to use the Doctoral Research Space.
  • Registrations for the Doctoral Research Space will be for a 1 year period, renewable annually as long as the student remains a Ph.D. candidate in residence at Duke.
    • If access is not renewed, any assigned storage space must be cleared out and any related keys returned.  Failure to comply will relate in the assessment of library fines.
  • Registration for the Doctoral Research Space is on a first-requested, first-accommodated basis.

Mobile and Static Locker Use

  • Students who have been assigned mobile lockers (mobile storage units) may remove them from the space but are expected to return them to the Doctoral Research Space whenever they leave the building. 
  • All library materials kept in mobile and static lockers must be properly checked out to the registered user.
  • Locker holders (both mobile and static) are responsible for the keys to their storage areas. Locker holders who lose keys will be charged $15 (static locker) / $25 (Mobile locker) for key replacement.
  • Food and other perishables may not be stored in either type of locker.
  • Library staff reserve the right to inspect mobile and static lockers at any time to ensure compliance with this agreement.
  • Duke University Libraries do not assume responsibility for any items kept in a mobile or static locker and will not be liable for lost or damaged belongings.

General Guidelines and Policies

  • The Doctoral Research Space is a shared workspace and it is expected that registered students will be considerate of their peers. This includes the expectations that users will:
    • clear the desk they have been using when they leave the room
    • avoid creating excess noise or bringing odoriferous food into the room
    • stow their unused mobile lockers in an approved location
    • not provide room access to patrons who are not registered DRS users
  • The Doctoral Research Space is intended solely for use by registered students. You may not offer other library patrons access to the space.
  • Noise in carrels, including phone conversations, should be kept to a minimum. Earphones should be used when listening to audio.
  • Use of electrical heating devices is strictly prohibited. 
  • Duke University Libraries reserve the right to make changes to this agreement at any point during a registered user’s term. Library staff will inform users of the Doctoral Research Space of policy changes before changes take effect.
  • Violation of the above policies is considered grounds for termination of access privileges.