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Library Catalog Maintenance, April 5-6

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Duke University Libraries IT staff will be conducting scheduled maintenance of the Library Online Catalog on Saturday and Sunday (April 5-6).

On Saturday (April 5), users will not be able to place hold requests, renew items online, or otherwise login to access their library accounts from 6:00 AM to 7:00 AM. Searching of the catalog should not be affected.

On Sunday (April 6), catalog searches will be unavailable from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM.

Thanks for your patience during this scheduled maintenance.

Library Closing Early – Opening Late

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

icy-roadDue to a strong potential for icy roads and dangerous travel conditions, Ford Library will be closing at 1PM on Monday, March 3rd, and opening late at 10AM on Tuesday, March 4th.

Library reference staff will be monitoring our online reference chat and email throughout the normal business day (8am – 5pm).

Weather conditions can change suddenly, so please monitor the DukeAlert site and the Ford Library Twitter feed for the latest updates to our hours of operation.

Stay Safe!

Waiting for an Interlibrary Loan?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

missingIf you’ve placed an interlibrary loan request at the Ford Library web site for a book or article within the last 2 days, and your need is especially urgent; you may want to re-send that request to us via email at

The third party-provided “back end” of Duke Libraries Interlibrary Loan system is experiencing technical issues, so library staff cannot currently access any requests you may have placed in the last 2 days.

To view any requests you’ve placed, follow this link: . Once you’ve logged in with your Duke Net ID and password, you can copy and paste your outstanding requests, and send them to us at the email address above.

Our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused you!

Ford Library Weekend Hours – Feb.15-16

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Ford Library will be open from 7:30am to 8pm on Saturday, February 15.

We will also open early on Sunday, February 16.  Hours: (7:30am – midnight).

Thanks for your patience and understanding during these “snow days”; and remember to check our Twitter feed for any updates to our hours.


Ford Library Closed Thursday-Friday – 2/13-14/2014

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

icyroad-besafeUPDATED: Ford Library will be closed all day and evening, Thursday-Friday, 2/13-14/2014, due to severe weather and road conditions.

Please follow the Library’s Twitter feed for the most current updates on our Library hours.

Please visit the Duke ALERT site for the latest news on the Duke Severe Weather policy, and conditions campus-wide.


Library Closing at 1PM Wednesday

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

dukewinter1_smFord Library will be closing today, Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 1:00PM due to winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions.

The Library has tentative plans to re-open at 12 Noon on Thursday, February 13, 2014, depending on weather, road conditions, and staff availability.

Please check the Library’s Twitter feed for the latest updates to our hours before traveling to campus to visit the Library.

Please drive safely!


Ford Library Schedule – 1/30/2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ford Library staff will attempt to open the Library as close as possible to our normal opening time of 7:30AM on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

Please bear in mind that icy road conditions may cause a slight delay in staff opening the Library precisely by 7:30am. Please call 919-660-7875 if you plan to visit the Library early tomorrow morning.

Please drive safely!

Ford Library Closed Wednesday – 1/29/2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Duke University has extended the Severe Weather Policy until 5PM this evening, and Duke and Fuqua have cancelled classes. Ford Library will therefore be closed for the day, Wednesday, January 29.

Remember to check the Duke Alert web site for the latest updates on how winter weather affects Duke and Fuqua’s operations.

Ford Library Closing at 6PM – Winter Weather

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

icyroad-besafe Ford Library will be closing today, Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 6:00PM due to winter weather and potentially dangerous driving conditions.

UPDATE: Duke will activate the Severe Weather and Emergency Conditions Policy for the University beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The policy will remain in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday. A decision about whether the policy will be extended tomorrow morning will be communicated later this evening.  - Jill Tomlinson, Fuqua Associate Dean, Finance and Administration.

Since weather conditions on Wednesday morning may affect the Library’s hours of operation, please follow the Library’s Twitter feed for any changes in our hours of operation.

Please drive safely, and remember to check the Twitter link above to make sure we’re open before traveling into campus to visit Ford Library.

Martin Luther King Day at Ford Library

Friday, January 17th, 2014

dr. martin luther king

The Ford Library will be open for our normal hours on the Martin Luther King holiday, Monday, January 20th; but in-person reference and research assistance services will not be available until Tuesday, January 21.

Our hours on Monday, January 18th will be 7:30am – midnight.

Note that the Fuqua School building doors will be locked on Monday, January 20th for the Martin Luther King Holiday. Library users will need a DukeCard to gain access into the buildings.  Non-Duke library users may want to postpone any visit to Ford Library until Tuesday, January 21.

Thanks for your understanding.