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Duke Libraries Kindles: About the Pilot Project

Kindles@ Duke Libraries Pilot Project FAQ

What types of eReaders are available at the Libraries?
Twelve Kindle DX Wireless eReaders have been acquired for circulation, six each at Perkins/Bostock Library and at Lilly Library. Three additional Kindles with a different set of titles are available at the Divinity School Library.

Why is Duke Libraries loaning eReaders?
The primary purpose for this pilot project is to provide a way for patrons to interact with emerging book and information technologies.  The pilot also provides an opportunity to increase access to high-demand titles.  One purchased Kindle title can be loaded on up to 6 Kindles, allowing the library to increase the number of "copies" available to users at a fraction of the cost of a popular print book.

Why Kindles?
At this time, the Kindles are the leading eReader technology available and provide access to the largest selection of titles for purchase.  However, the eReader market and technologies are in constant flux, and the Libraries will continue to explore additional eReader products and formats.  Please send comments and suggestions to

Who will be eligible to borrow Kindles?
Duke faculty, students and staff will be able to reserve a Kindle.  Reservations will be facilitated on a first come, first served basis.  Initially, the Kindles will have a 2-week loan period with no renewals.

Can faculty and students request Kindle titles?
Yes, we welcome title suggestions for our Kindles.  Title recommendations can be sent to .

How will I know which titles are on the Kindles already?
 You can search the library’s catalog for Kindle titles:  do a call number search on "kindle" to display a list.  All of the Perkins/Bostock and Lilly Kindles are loaded with the same titles, so borrowers have access to the same content regardless of the individual Kindle checked out. The Divinity Kindles have a different set of titles but again with access to the same content across Divinity Kindles.

Will the Libraries consider acquiring other types of eReaders in the future?
Kindle circulation statistics and ongoing costs will be monitored to determine how effective and useful eReader circulation is and to determine if another model or type of eBook reader should be trialed by the Libraries.

Does the Libraries plan to replace print books with Kindle titles?
No, the Libraries recognizes that many people prefer print books to eReader titles. In addition, eReader formats are currently in flux, and the Libraries' goal is to ensure
that titles purchased will be available long-term. The Libraries will still build its print collections in addition to purchasing high-demand titles for the Kindle Collection.

Where can I find more information about the Kindle Pilot Project?
Please consult the Duke Kindles libguide, or contact the Kindle Task Group at

Updated April 29, 2010