James B. Duke Library

Why are Furman libraries among the top-ranked in the nation for student satisfaction? We seek to engage, enlighten, and empower our students and provide them with the resources and services to excel in their studies. Whether you’re researching the work of a 19th-century artist or seeking the latest finding in a cell biology journal, Furman’s library system can help. Our friendly and knowledgeable librarians are devoted to student learning and research support. They can help navigate our collection of more than one million resources, including books, e-books, journals, films, music, images and electronic databases.

The centerpiece of the library system is the James B. Duke Library, which provides access to over a million physical and online resources and to a variety of academic information services and technologies. Take advantage of our Special Collections to find unique historical documents, photographs and artifacts or browse for digital versions of some of these resources through the Digital Collections Center.

The Duke Library was erected in 1956 in memory of James Buchanan Duke, the creator of the Duke Endowment.

Student speaking on the steps of the library during the national celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
James B. Duke Library as seen from the fountains at night.
Students ordering food at the Library Cafe.
Orientation in the library, families on the bottom floor of the library