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Food & Drink

The Goodson Law Library is your place to learn, study, research, and collaborate. Help us keep it sanitary, comfortable, and safe for all members of the Duke Law community by adhering to the following guidelines regarding the consumption of beverages and food in the Library. By working together, we can maintain a clean and healthy learning environment.

Beverages in sturdy, covered containers are allowed in the Library with the exception of the Rare Book Room (Room 3201). Library users are responsible for cleaning any spills and notifying staff of large spills or impacts to fixtures, equipment, or carpet.

Snacks (fruit, yogurt, pre-packaged snacks, and baked goods) may be consumed in all areas of the library.

Meals that are purchased in the Café De Novo (salads, sandwiches/wraps, fast lane items), meals provided for lunch talks, and meals brought into the building (including packed lunches, pizza, carryout meals, and meal deliveries) may be consumed outside of the library (Café De Novo seating, Star Commons, Blue Lounge etc.) or in the following designated areas:

  • Sidebar: Room 3211
  • Study Rooms: Rooms 2204-2206 and 2212-2215
  • RAD (formerly Microforms Room): Room 1204

Noncompliance with these guidelines may result in one or more of the following:

  • You may be asked to take meals to a designated area.
  • You may be asked to leave the library.

Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Associate Director for Public Services. Feedback is always welcome via the Law Library Suggestion Box.

Quiet Study & Collaboration and Relaxation Areas

The Duke Law Library is a space provided in support of study, collaboration, and scholarship. To this end, we have a diversity of spaces designated for quiet individual study, collaboration, and relaxation.

Quiet study areas

The following behaviors are expected in Quiet Study areas:

  • Individual study
  • Use headphones to listen to audio
  • Cell phones should be set to silent or vibrate, and if you must answer a call, proceed immediately outside of the library.
  • Only necessary noise (packing bags, printing and scanning, staff moving equipment, and staff assisting patrons at the desk or in the stacks)

Collaboration and Relaxation areas

The following behaviors are expected in Collaboration and Relaxation areas:

  • Respectful collaborative study
  • Use headphones to listen to audio
  • Cell phones should be set to silent or vibrate, and if you must answer a call, proceed immediately outside of the library.
    • Cellphone use is permissible in the Sidebar and Study Rooms

Student Study Spaces

Within the Library

Space

Availability

Designation

Level 4

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

Reading Room, Level 3

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Collaborative and Relaxation

Sidebar, Level 3

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Collaborative and Relaxation

Flexible Learning Space, Level 3

When not in use for classes/law school meetings

Collaborative and Relaxation

Locks at 5 pm

Study Rooms: Rooms 2204-2206 and 2212-2215 on Level 2

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card; reserve online

Collaborative and Relaxation

Fite Room, Level 2

When not in use for classes/law school meetings

Collaborative and Relaxation

Locks at 11 pm

Tables and Carrels, Level 2

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

Tables and Carrels, Level 1

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Quiet Study

RAD (formerly Microforms Room), Level 1

24x7 law student access with a Duke Card

Collaborative and Relaxation

Within the Law School

Space

Availability

Additional Information

Blue Lounge

24x7

 

Classrooms

Whenever not in use for classes or law school-sponsored activities

Rooms lock at 5:00 PM

Cochran Loft

24x7

3rd floor atrium above Star Commons

Star Commons

24x7

 

On West Campus

Space

Availability

Additional Information

Bostock Library

Hours vary

 

Brodhead Center

7:00 AM – 8:00 PM daily

Café seating with lounge areas

Chaplin Family Study Room can be reserved for up to 15 people

Bryan Center

 

Divinity School Cafe

 

 

Divinity School Library

Hours vary

 

Fuqua Business School, Fox Center

Hours vary

Café seating with collaborative environment

Gross Hall

 

  • SSRI: Public spaces available for collaborative study
  • Reserve select rooms through 25Live

The Link

Hours vary

Reserve a study room through 25Live

Rubenstein Library

Hours vary

All spaces are non-reservable; room information available via Perkins website

  • Ahmadieh Family Commons, 2nd floor
  • Chappell Family Gallery Landing Space, 1st floor
  • Third Floor Reading Areas
  • Gothic Reading Room, 2nd floor

Sanford School of Public Policy

 

Fleishman Commons and Atrium seating areas are just inside the entrance at the corner of Science and Towerview

Student Wellness Center

Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Room 147 can be reserved through University Center Activities and Events (click Campus Center Meeting Rooms)

Center for Leadership Development and Social Action

Weekdays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Library and the Conference Room can be  reserved online

User Rights and Responsibilities

Library users and staff share responsibility for creating and sustaining an environment supportive of scholarship.

Responsibilities of Library Users

  • Treat others with dignity and respect.
  • Refrain from engaging in behavior that creates a disturbance, interferes with the right of others to use the Library for research and study, or otherwise detracts from a scholarly environment.
  • Learn about and comply with Library policies for maintaining this environment.

Rights of Library Users

  • Ask others to end conversations, lower their voices, or maintain an environment supportive of scholarship.
  • Request and receive assistance from a Library staff member in maintaining an environment supportive of scholarship.
  • Expect that in addressing problems, Library staff will take measured steps to restore a scholarly environment.

Patrons with Disabilities

The Goodson Law Library is committed to providing high-quality service to all users, including those with disabilities. Library staff will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, including book/article retrieval and assistance with photocopies or scans. Please contact the Circulation/Reserve Desk at (919) 613-7128 or by email prior to your visit with any questions or concerns about accessibility.