Returning Duke Library Books

 

How to return your books — if you are on campus:

Outside the Library: Use a Book Drop

You may return your books on campus, either at the external book drop at Perkins Library’s main entrance (off the quad) or at the Divinity Library. (Remember, the Divinity School can only be accessed by your Duke ID.) All returned library books will be quarantined for 48 hours before they are checked in—so even after you return your books, they will stay listed as loans on your account for some time.

Inside the Library: Use a Book Cart 

If you are in the Divinity Library for a reservation, please return any books (whether you have checked them out or merely handled them in the library during your reservation) to the shelves and book carts that are labeled for book returns. Please do not try to hand your books to a librarian. Returned books will be moved to quarantine for 48 hours before they are checked in–so even after you return your books, they will stay listed as loans on your account for some time.

 

How to return your books — if you are not on campus:

Outside of Durham: mail your books to Duke

You may return your library books through the mail. Please obtain a tracking number for your package, and ship the books to

Perkins Library

411 Chapel Drive

Durham, NC 27708

Attn: Access and Delivery Services

OR

Duke Divinity School Library

407 Chapel Drive

Box 90972

Durham, NC 27708

 

Within Durham: visit the Golden Warehouse

You may also return your books off campus, at the Golden Warehouse. (Yes, this is a real place, and you can drive up and bring your books to it.) Duke’s off-site shipping and receiving facility is located at 100 Golden Drive, Durham, NC 27705. Here are some specific notes for the use of this facility:

    • Place your materials in a box clearly labeled on the outside with “Perkins Library, Attn: Access and Delivery Services”
    • Drop off at this facility is limited to the hours of 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
    • You must park in the rear parking lot and enter through the warehouse. A bin is set up for book collection by the warehouse.
    • Please remember to practice social distancing, especially as you encounter Duke staff working at this facility.

 

Still have questions? Please contact divlib@duke.edu or use our Ask a Librarian form.

Divinity Library Tips for Offsite Research

Need help looking for online resources to support your research project? This guide aims to put all the links you need in one place. Below, find out how to contact a librarian about your research question; watch recorded tutorials that walk you through search strategies for various databases; and find a list of helpful links to connect you with additional online resources to support your research.

Not sure where to begin? Go straight to the source: librarians are still working offsite to answer your research questions and give you advice about where to find the sources you need. You can submit a general email query, set up an appointment with a librarian, or request a purchase.

Use this email form to ask us anything: from factual inquiries about the library’s holdings and services, to citation verification, to selection and use of electronic databases and resources, to guidance on how to begin library research for a term paper or class project.

Prefer to set up a Zoom appointment to have a conversation with a librarian? No problem! Make an appointment with a librarian so that we can hear more about your research interests. Zoom allows us to share our screen, so we can also walk you through searches of databases or other resources we think will be helpful to your project!

Make an Appointment with Katie Benjamin

Make an Appointment with Lacey Hudspeth

Have you identified a print resource that would help your research, and wonder if it’s available as an electronic book? Use this form to email a purchase request to the Library Director.

Note: To speed request processing, the most important information you can include on the form is the book’s 10- or 13-digit ISBN! This can be found in the library catalog record (if Duke already owns the print book) or on a book seller website like Powell’s or Amazon.

 

Using the Divinity School Library Website

Searching the Atla Religion Database

Searching the JSTOR Database

Troubleshooting: Searching a partial citation using Online Journal Titles

Searching HathiTrust – Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS)     ◊    Hathi Trust Digital Library — Home page

Searching Intelex Past Masters (Written tutorial)       ◊     Past Masters — Homepage

 

How to Return your Library books: At this time, we ask that only graduating seniors who need to clear their library accounts return their books. This page walks you through the various ways you can do that.

Divinity E-Reserves: Electronic versions of books required for Spring 2020 courses. (Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 coming soon!)

Quick-guide to Databases and Electronic Resources: The top 13 search strategies and databases Divinity students should know about.

Research Guide: Open Access Resources in Religious and Theological Studies — Duke Divinity School Library

Research Guide: Art and Images — Duke Divinity School Library

Research Guide: Biblical Studies — Duke Divinity School Library

Digitized pre-1923 Books on Divinity Archive — Duke Divinity School Library

Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL)

Theological Commons — Digital Collection from Princeton Theological Seminary

Online Theology Resources — Bridwell Library (SMU)

National Emergency Library — Internet Archive