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New & Noteworthy Collection: About New & Noteworthy

New and Noteworthy


The New & Noteworthy Collection, located on the first floor of Perkins Library near the Perk at the von der Heyden Pavilion, is a browseable selection of new books published in all subjects, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction titles. They are the library staff's picks of the most popular, significant and controversial titles recently published: bestsellers, foreign language titles, award-winners, and significant scholarly works.

The collection is not intended to duplicate a public library collection, but instead represents the breadth of a research library's collections, and provides readers an easy way to browse titles of interest as they arrive.

Books will typically be shelved in the New & Noteworthy area for one year or less, when they will be sent to their regular locations in the stacks. They can be checked out for four weeks, with two renewals allowed, in order to make them available to as many readers as possible. Oversized New & Noteworthy volumes are shelved at the end of the call number range, closest to the Perkins lobby entrance.

Collection Policy

Materials are selected by library staff and readers with the aim to include the most popular, significant and controversial titles recently published for browsing.  Titles are typically shelved in the New & Noteworthy Collection for one year or less;  they're then transferred to their regular locations in the stacks.

The Collection contains a selection of titles in the following categories:

  • Titles prominently reviewed in major publications, such as the New York Times Book Review, the Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, Washington Post Book World, and the Village Voice
  • Titles whose authors have been interviewed in major or regional media outlets
  • Major award-winners
  • Recent scholarly works with general appeal across the disciplines
  • Works of interest less likely to be found in the local public library or bookstores, including titles in foreign languages, small press publications, and books published outside the U.S.
  • Works with some connection to Duke, North Carolina, or academia
  • Selected bestsellers
  • Books relevant to current events

New & Noteworthy books can be checked out for four weeks, with two renewals.  Holds on titles can be placed using the "Request" function in the online catalog.

This guide was updated and revised by Julia Glauberman in spring 2016.

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William R. Perkins Library, 233G
Duke University, Box 90195
Durham, NC 27708