Studying at Duke Libraries

In order to do well in your classes, it might be necessary for you to make a trip to one of the various libraries on campus.

J. Michael Goodson Law Library

You likely will be visiting the law library most frequently. The law library entrance is located on the third floor of the law school, with the library itself taking up four floors and nearly the entire northwest corner of the building. With your Duke ID you have 24-hour access. Take advantage of the library tours given at the beginning of the semester that give you a basic outline of the library’s layout and where various types of study spaces, printers and other services are located.

In all, there are 180 study carrels throughout the library and table seating for 300. A range of small and large individual carrels, alcoves, and soft seating are scattered throughout the bright space with large windows on the upper three floors. The Reading Room on Level 3 with large tables is an ideal place for collaborative work, and where people tend to socialize, while the carrels on the first floors are the quietest places to study. You might enjoy browsing the Cox Legal Fiction collection or borrowing a legal themed movie for relaxation. One service desk makes it easy to find help for reference, computing or other services.

There are computers to do short tasks, such as checking email, in the Reading Room (and throughout the school). Computers for extended work are in the 32 carrels on Level 2. There are two printers on every floor of the library, and the Document Production Room on Level 3 offers printers, copiers, and a scanner. There is also a student media lab for specialized projects. During the exam period, use of the library is restricted to law students.

Perkins/Bostock Library

The main library on campus is divided into two buildings, Perkins and Bostock, both recently renovated. On some occasions it might be necessary for law students to go there to use or find books and documents. It is easy to request books through the catalog for delivery to the law school, and there are hundreds of electronic databases shared on campus. There are also study spaces in Perkins, including carrels, reading rooms (including a Gothic Reading Room), and a place to get food/drinks in the glassed von der Heyden Pavillion, so it may be a nice change of scenery from the law school library. Perkins and Bostock are located on West Campus, to the north of the Chapel.

Other Campus Libraries

Lilly Library is located on East Campus (on the west side of the main quad) and contains many books on art-related matters in addition to other materials. Lilly has some beautiful study areas (including an Asian Reading Room), and carries a large selection of movies that you can borrow for free. Just ask for the movie binder at the front desk.

There are a number of smaller libraries throughout the Duke campus. The Fuqua School of Business has its own library, as does the Divinity School, and there is a music library in the Mary Duke Biddle Music Building (located at the back, north end of East Campus) from which you can borrow CDs. There are several others that can be explored on the library website as well.