The 1960’s-era James B. Duke Library was sorely in need of additional stacks and reading areas, updated archive storage areas, and a technology infrastructure upgrade to keep pace with rapidly expanding information technology uses in the modern library. The mandate from the University president to construct a first class facility resulted in a 70,000 SF renovation of the existing facility and adding nearly 65,000 SF of new facility.
The completed project includes a new Center for Collaborative Learning and Communications, as well as new technical services, media collections, multiple study areas, and stacks. New stacks and reading areas are lit by a central skylit atrium. The structural stacks on the second and third floors of the existing building were removed and replaced with archive storage and display areas, and additional student reading and study niches. The James B. Duke Library received LEED Gold Certification and Architect of Record is Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott.