Library Takeout Service

library takeoutIn order to keep our staff and patrons safe, the Medical Center Library & Archives has launched the Library Takeout Service for book checkouts, pickups, and returns. Please plan ahead as this process can take up to 7-10 days due to quarantine times and transfers between libraries.

All Duke Health badge holders must make an appointment for Book Pickup

What materials are available using the Takeout Service?
Books only at this time.

Who can request books for pickup at the Medical Center Library? 

  • Duke Health faculty, staff, and students ONLY
  • Duke University faculty, staff, and students can request that our materials be sent to their home library. At this time, building access is limited to Duke Health badge holders only.

How does the Takeout Service work?  

  • To place a request, search for books in the online catalog.
  • Use the green button to request items for takeout.
  • Items that are on the shelf at the Medical Center Library will be ready in 2-3 business days. If the items are not available, a staff member will inform the user via email.
  • Books will be checked out by library staff to the user at the time of pick up. Each library location strives to have minimal contact between the user and staff.
  • Duke Health ID badge is required to enter the Duke Medical Center Library & Archives building to pick up the book(s).
  • All Duke Health badge holders must make an appointment for Book Pickup
  • Patrons will be required to use one of the main hospital screening locations, such as Duke North, Duke Medical Pavilion, or Duke South (Clinics), to get a wristband and mask before entering the Library building.

Where do I go to pick up the books and what are the hours?

  • You may pick up books Monday - Friday from 9:00a to 3:30p.
  • All Duke Health badge holders must make an appointment for Book Pickup.
  • Please show the appointment confirmation email at the COVID screening station.
  • After going through screening at one of the main hospital locations, proceed to the Seeley G. Mudd building main entrance. Please see the Allied Security guard just inside the front door, and show your Duke Health badge to pick up the book(s).

When I pick up the book, should I clean or disinfect it?
No! Please don’t clean or disinfect library materials as it is not necessary and may cause damage. Materials requested for pickup will be quarantined and untouched for a minimum of 48 hours before patrons are notified for pickup.

Can I return a book I have borrowed? 
Yes, books can be returned inside the building or left in the book drop located to the left of the Library's front entrance.

How many books can I request at a time?  
At this time, users may request up to 5 books.

Can I request and pick up books/items from other libraries at Duke? 

  • Duke Health badge holders can request books/items from other libraries and pick them up at the Medical Center Library.  Please note: This may take up to 10 business days.
  • Patrons needing books from campus libraries sooner than 10 days can make arrangements to pick up their book(s) at Perkins Library.