Tips for engaging in research at institutions beyond Duke University

  • Return items on loan: Library materials can be recalled at any time. To avoid incurring fines, return materials that you have checked-out from Duke University Libraries or have borrowed through interlibrary loan. Arrange for a friend or colleague to be able to access items you can't return.
  • Return keys: Return the keys to your library locker, mobi or carrel.
  • DukeCard: Make sure you have your DukeCard and that you take it with you.
  • Configure your computer: Install or configure your computer to use VPN and eduroam before you depart

Access to other institutions

Depending on where you travel, you may have a variety of options for gaining access to buildings, collections, and online access at other institutions.

  • TRLN: Allows students, faculty and staff to borrow books from libraries at UNC, NCSU, and NCCU through a partnership with the Triangle Research Library Network (TRLN).
    • Requirement: you must present your DukeCard (University ID) to participating institutions.
  • eduroam: Allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain secure high speed Internet connectivity when visiting other participating institutions around the world.
  • BorrowDirect: Provides a range of building access and borrowing privileges when visiting participating libraries.
    • Requirement: you must present your DukeCard (University ID) to participating institutions. You will be asked to log into your Duke Libraries account to prove you are in good standing.
    • Where you can use BorrowDirect
  • SHARES: On-site access to collections at partner institutions.
  • Letter from Duke Libraries: some institutions, especially outside the United States, will grant access to their building or to their collections only after you present them with a letter from Duke University Libraries.
    • Requirement: Contact Andrea Loigman, Head of Access and Delivery Services, to request a letter.
    • Please include information about specific libraries to be visited and your research goals

Staying connected with Duke University Libraries' resources

  • VPN: Off-campus access to many of Duke University Libraries' online resources, such as articles and databases, requires use of VPN software.
  • Library Access Button: installing our Library Access Button allows you to access articles and databases without using VPN.
  • Browzine: Many journals and ebooks can be accessed via the Browzine app.

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