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Duke University Library Service Center

Duke University Library Service Center
Duke University Library Service Center

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Duke University Library Service Center
Affiliated Libraries
Duke University
Duke University
University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill
DescriptionDuke University’s Library Service Center (LSC) is a state-of-the-art, high-density repository that opened in 2001 to store and to preserve the expanding collections of the Duke University Libraries. Located about 10 minutes from Duke's main campus, the LSC currently stores more than 3 million books and has the potential to store more than 15 million. Staff maintain the LSC collections in impressive, 30-foot-high shelving units and locate and reshelve books with the help of special lifts and a meticuluous electronic scanning system.
Contact Name: Marvin Tillman
E-mail address:
Phone Number: 919-596-3097
Address: 5 Anson Street, Durham, North Carolina 27703 United States
Postal code: 27703
Web site URL:
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Year opened: 2001
Total Personnel:
Annual Budget:
Total Capacity (volumes): 15,000,000
Total Capacity (linear feet):
Building Size (square feet):
Current volume count: 3,000,000

Technology Systems
Inventory Management SystemCaiaSoft
Date Implemented2020
Previous IMSGFA Library Archival System
Date Implemented2001

Operational Details
Harvard Model? Does the facility generally follow the "Harvard Model"?
Materials placed in trays? Are most materials placed in trays?
Materials placed on shelves? Are most materials placed directly onto shelving?
Shelving Height (max): 30
Movable Shelving? Does the facility use movable shelving?
Robotics? Is robotic equipment used for placement and retrieval?
Operated lifts? Are manually driven lifts or used for placement and retrieval?
Shelved by Call Numbers? Materials shelved according to library-assigned call numbers?
Shelved by size? Materials shelved according to size categories?
Archival HVAC? Facility monitors and manages temperature and humidity?
Target operating temperature: 50 (Degrees Fahrenheit)
Target operating humidity: 30 (Percent)
In Library? Is the repository located inside a library?
Remote? Is the repository located remotely from the library it serves?
Max travel distance (miles):