Library Services & Resources During Coronavirus Response

The Medical Center Library & Archives is working closely with university officials to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus while maintaining library services and resources in support of clinical care, education, and research.

The Medical Center Library & Archives staff are working remotely and building access is restricted.

How can I get assistance?
You can contact Library staff through our chat function between 9a and 5p, Monday through Friday. Library staff are available to meet with faculty, staff, and students by phone, email, and WebEx or Zoom. Library workshops will all be held online.

Is the Seeley G. Mudd building accessible?
The building is locked with limited badge access available for Duke Health clinicians and staff. Duke University ID badge holders and non-Duke individuals do not have access to the building at this time. Anyone using the facility is expected to follow Duke's policies.

Are Library spaces available?
Study rooms, cubicles, computer stations, and other areas have been temporarily closed.  

When will the Library spaces reopen?
We have been working closely with the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and the Duke Health system to plan for a safe reopening for our staff and patrons. We plan to reopen mid-August by reservation only with limited study space access and contactless book pickup. You will be required to check-in and confirm your seat.

Our extensive services, resources, and staff will continue to be accessible online now and into the Fall.

Is the Computer Classroom (Rm 104D) available for reservation or drop in use?
The Computer Classroom is currently unavailable for reservations or drop in use.  If your program has a need for essential computer-based training that cannot be done remotely, please contact Deshane Watson to discuss options.

Can I make a reservation for Conference Room 212C?
At this time, we are not taking any reservations for conference rooms.

Can I get a print book?
The print books and the Reading Room are unavailable at this time. If you need an item, please email to make a request and we will work with you on available options.

Can I get Medical Center Library materials through the Duke Libraries Takeout Service?
We plan to launch our book pickup service in August 2020. Stay tuned for details.

How can I return a book I have borrowed?
Please return books to the book drop located to the left of the Library's front entrance.

Can I make requests for Interlibrary Loan items? 
Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services have been reinstated to fill routine article requests. Articles that are electronically available may be easier to retrieve whereas those from older or more obscure publications may be more difficult to acquire. We are not able to borrow any books at this time since most libraries have suspended book lending.

If you are a Duke clinician, faculty, or staff member and have an urgent request for a full-text article(s) related to direct patient care or COVID-19, please alert us in the notes field on the request form.

Please note: Access to Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan Services is not available to affiliates or to other libraries at this time.

How can I get materials for a class I am teaching?
The Library has strong digital collections for teaching and learning. If you need assistance identifying online materials for a class you are teaching, please reach out to your Library Liaison. If you want to place an item on reserve, please complete our Course Reserves Request Form.

Can I renew library materials online?
If you need to renew items, you may do that online using your Duke NetID and password. If you have any issues or concerns about renewing library materials, please contact Anu Moorthy, Associate Director for Content & Discovery, 

How long will this last?
We will follow guidance from university and health system leadership on plans, but we do not yet know when regular hours and access will be reinstated.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Megan von Isenburg, Associate Dean for Library Services & Archives, at