Services Available to Graduate Students at Every Duke Library

The descriptions below are intended only as a general overview. Contact a library for more complete information about these and other services.

Checking Out Books and Journals

Graduate students may borrow materials from any Duke library and return them to any campus library. Alternatively, they may also request that materials be delivered to any campus library they specify for convenient pick-up or return. The length of the circulation period for books and journals varies from library to library as do renewal policies.

Reserving Materials for Course Use

Guidelines for reserving materials for class use as well as submission forms for books, e-reserves, and videos are available at These guidelines apply at Perkins Library, Lilly Library, and the Music Library. Contact the Divinity Library, the Goodson Law Library, the Medical Center Library, and the Ford Library at Fuqua to reserve materials at those libraries for your classes

Document Delivery

The document delivery and interlibrary loan service, offered at each campus library, obtains books, microforms, dissertations, journal articles, reports, and other materials not available on campus.

Reference/Research Assistance

Librarians at public service desks offer general and specialized assistance in the use of electronic and print sources and document retrieval. In addition to working with students and faculty at these desks, reference librarians also assist users via telephone, email, chat reference, and IM. Chat reference assistance and IM are accessible from the libraries’ website at

Instructional Services and Resources for Classes and Labs

Librarians offer a range of services to instructors, including workshops, course-related websites, and subject guides. Details are available at

Assistance with Innovative Use of Technology in Teaching and Other Work With Students

Duke Learning Innovation, a division of the library system, supports the university’s academic mission by helping instructors find innovative ways to use technology to achieve their teaching goals. For more information about Duke Learning Innovation and its activities, including support for using the Sakai course management system, go to

Assistance with Copyright and Other Scholarly Communication Issues

The library’s copyright and information policy consultant is available to assist faculty and students regarding copyright use and ownership of digital and print material. For more information, contact Arnetta Girardeau at