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 100,000 e-journal titles, over 1000 databases of scholarly materials, and approximately 1.4 million electronic books from Duke University libraries. 


Borrow, Renew, and Recall


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

Borrowing Policies

AffiliationBooks: Loan PeriodBooks: Number of RenewalsBooks: Number of  checkoutsReserves: Loan PeriodDVDs: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)

Kindles: Loan Period (with 1 renewal)

GLS Students1 semesternoneunlimited3 hrs.3 days3 days
Graduate Students1 semesterunlimitedunlimited3 hrs.3 days3 days
Faculty1 semester*unlimitedunlimited3 hrs.3 days3 days
Staff1 semesterunlimitedunlimited3 hrs.3 days3 days
  • GLS 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


  • Renew your Duke Kunshan Library books and DVDs online, by phone during office hours, or in person
    • Click My Accounts
    • Enter your NetID and password. If you do not have a NetID, enter your library card number in both fields
    • Select "Loans" and check the box next to each item you wish to renew
    • Click "Renew all selected titles
  • You cannot renew items that are overdue, lost or recalled. Look at the top of the screen to read the status of your renewal requests


  • To recall a book checked out by another patron, follow these steps to obtain the book:
    • Click the "Get this title" icon to the right of the title that is checked out
      • Enter your NetID and password
      • Click the "Request" link to the right of the title
      • Click the "Place Hold/Recall Request" button
    • The borrower has seven days to return the item. We will email you when your item is ready for pickup

Reserving Course Materials

  • Materials placed on reserve for courses are available at the Service Desk and may be checked out for 3 hours
  • Faculty may place items on reserve by coming to the service desk or by emailing library staff

Getting Materials from Other Libraries

  • Text not available online? Request PDFs of scanned journal articles or book chapters using Document Delivery services
  • Access your account to check on the status of your requests
  • 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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