Returning Duke Library Books


Campus Access: Use a Book Drop

Locations: Divinity Library (requires building access), or Perkins/Bostock (see map below)

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.


Off-campus: Curbside Take-out, April 30

The Divinity Library does Curbside Take-out at the Telcom Circle on Friday afternoons from 1pm-3pm. (Telcom Drive runs right behind the Divinity School’s Westbrook building.) On Friday, April 30, from 1pm-3pm, please bring any and all library books you have to return: we will have carts available to collect them!

Off-campus: Mail your books to Duke

You may return your library books through the mail. Please obtain a tracking number for your package!

Off-campus, but local: visit the Golden Warehouse

You may also return your books off campus, at the Golden Warehouse.  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.


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