Using the Library | Duke Kunshan University

Using the Library

Thousands of printed and multimedia titles at Duke Kunshan University Library are available for DKU users. Millions of Duke University libraries collections are accessible when DKU users with NetIds study on Durham campus.

DKU users have 24/7 access to over 220,000 e-journal titles, over 1000 databases of scholarly materials, and approximately 1.8 million electronic books from Duke University libraries. 

 

Borrow, Request, Recall, and Renew

Borrow

Current Duke Kunshan University faculty, staff and students may borrow materials.

Borrowing Policies

AffiliationUndergraduate & Graduate StudentsFacultyStaffVisiting Scholars/FacultySpouse or Domestic Partners & Duke/DKU Alumni and Volunteer
Chinese Regular Books: Loan Period1 semester1 semester1 semester7 weeks7 weeks
Non-Chinese Regular Books: Loan Period1 semester1 semester1 semester7 weeks7 weeks
Books: Number of checkoutsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3
Books: Number of RenewalsUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited3
Reserves: Loan Period3 hrs.3 hrs.None3 hrs.None
DVDs: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)3 days3 days3 days3 daysNone
DVDs: Number of checkouts3333None
Kindles: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)3 days3 days3 days3 daysNone
Headphones: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.None
USB Disc Drives: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)3 days3 days3 days3 daysNone
Removable hard disks: Loan PeriodNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
DVD players: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)3 days3 days3 days3 daysNone
Calculators: Loan Period3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.None
Laptops: Loan Period Laptops (with 1 renewal)3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.None
Charger: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.3 hrs.None

Fine Policy

Fine TypeDaily/Hourly Late Return Fine (RMB)Replacement Fee (RMB)Handling Fee (RMB)
Chinese Regular Loan BooksNone≥ 15075
Non-Chinese Regular Loan BooksNone≥ 45075
Reserves1/hour≥ 45075
DVD – With Chinese Subtitles only5/day≥ 15075
DVD – With non - Chinese Subtitles5/day≥ 45075
Recalled Item3/dayNN
Kindle10/day100075
Headphone1/hour20075
DVD player5/day80075
USB Disc Drive5/day25075
Calculator1/hour35075
Removable hard disk1/hour100075
Laptop: MacBook Air5/hour1000075
Charger: MacBook Air1/hour50075
Laptop: Dell Latitude5/hour800075
Charger: Dell Latitude1/hour15075
  • Undergraduate and graduate students must return all DKU Library materials before graduation
  • *Faculty must return all DKU Library materials before the end of their term at DKU
 

How do I request to hold an item?

You can REQUEST for regular loan books and DVDs that are on the shelf at DKU Library or in remote storage to be held for you to collect at a later date.

Follow these steps to place a request:

  • Click the green "Request" button to the right of the title
  • Enter your NetID and password
  • Click the blue "Request" button
  • Choose Duke Kunshan Library as your pick up or delivery location
  • Click “Place Request” button

Items in remote storage will be delivered to DKU Library in the following time frame:

  • Requests placed before 2:00 pm: available same day
  • Requests placed after 2:00 pm: available next day

Please note: Requests are processed on weekdays only. Requests placed after 2:00 pm on Friday or on weekends will be available the following Monday.

You will receive an email when the items are ready to collect. Your request will be held for 3 business days.

How do I recall an item?

You can RECALL regular loan books and DVDs that are on loan to another person. The loan length for the borrower is shortened and the item will be held for you when it is returned.

Follow these steps to recall an item:

  • Click the green "Request" button to the right of the title
  • Enter your NetID and password
  • Click the "Recall" button to the right of the title
  • Choose Duke Kunshan Library as your pickup or delivery location
  • Click “Place Request” button

The borrower has 7 days to return the item. We will email you when your recalled item is ready for pickup. The recalled items will be held for 5 days.

How do I renew an item?

You can RENEW your DKU Library regular loan books and DVDs online, by phone, email, chat, machine or in person.

Follow these steps to renew online:

  • Click My Accounts
  • Enter your NetID and password.
  • Scroll down to find the “Titles on Loan”
  • Check the box next to each item you wish to renew
  • Click the “Renew Selected title(s)” button

You cannot renew Course Reserve items or items that are overdue, lost or recalled. One semester loan items can only be renewed in the last week of the semester.

 

Reserving Course Materials

  • Materials placed on reserve for courses are available at the Service Desk and may be checked out for 3 hours.
  • Library’s open hours is from 7:00AM to 11:00PM. Reserved books checked out after 8:00PM must be returned before 9:00AM the day after.
  • All reserved materials cannot be requested or renewed.
  • Faculty may place items on reserve by coming to the service desk or by emailing library staff.
 

Getting Materials from Other Libraries

There are two ways to request scanned copies of journal articles or book chapters not available at DKU or Duke Libraries:

  • Using Duke Libraries Document Delivery Services for English journal articles or book chapters (not the whole book):
    • Click Here to log in with your NetID to enter the document delivery service.
    • For users new to the service,  follow instruction to create an account,  fill out all required information, and be sure to select any one of the listed libraries from the  Delivery Location Box.
    • Select Article or Chapter from the side bar, fill out required information, and submit.
    • Wait for 2-3 days to access your account to check the status of your request. 
  • Sending your request to dkulibrary@dukekunshan.edu.cn for Chinese journal articles, books, or book chapters.

Note: Unfortunately, library staff can't send books or physical items from Duke in Durham or other American libraries to DKU.

 

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