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These spaces and services are reserved for graduate students. Learn more about the Doctoral Research Space, study carrels, and Reiss Graduate Reading Room, and assigned lockers below.

Doctoral Research Space

  • Shared workspace for writing and research available to a limited number of Duke doctoral students on a first-requested, first-accommodated basis
  • You can request access to the Doctoral Research Space (DRS) for a period of 1 year. Access can be renewed annually.
  • Lockers and mobile lockers (mobile storage cabinets) are available on a first-requested, first-accommodated basis
  • Scanner, public workstation with dual monitors and e-print station in adjacent room and reserved for registered users
  • To learn more, or to sign up, click the buttons below

DRS Guidelines and Policies Register for the DRS


  • Duke University doctoral students can request individual and shared carrels.
  • You can use a carrel for up to 2 years at a time.
  • These small enclosed spaces can be used as a private work area.
  • Carrels are in demand! See if they're a good fit for you by reading more below.

Carrel Guidelines and Policies Carrel Waiting List

If you have any questions about carrel or Doctoral Research Space policies or waiting lists, please contact Sonya Hinsdale.

Assigned lockers

Assigned Locker Policies Locker Waiting List

Riess Graduate Student Reading Room (GRR)

This reading room is open to Duke University graduate students in any department. It has seating for 14 people, and features a whiteboard, natural light, and two couch chairs

The room is protected by a keypad. To get the code, simply stop by the Library Service Desk on the main floor of Perkins Library with your Duke ID to verify your graduate student status. To maintain this space, please do not share this code with non-graduate students.

Find the GRR on the 2nd floor of Perkins Library in Room 211, next to the Staff Lounge. It is near a set of elevators and a stairwell.

Direct questions about access to this space to the Perkins Service Desk.

outside of the Graduate Reading Room