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Duke University

114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC 27710
Duke Chapel

Duke Chapel, an icon for the university.

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Duke University is a private research university in Durham, North Carolina. It is often ranked among the best universities in the world by numerous university rankings. Duke's student body consists of 6,449 undergraduates and 8,383 graduate and professional students (as of fall 2016).

The university spans over 8,600 acres on three contiguous campuses in Durham. The West Campus, considered the main campus, incorporates Gothic architecture with the 210-foot Duke Chapel at the campus' center and highest point of elevation. The East Campus, which functions as a first-year campus, contains Georgian-style architecture. Central Campus, consisting of 122 acres between East and West campuses, is home to the Nasher Museum of Art, the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, the Center for Muslim Life, the Duke Police Department, the Duke Office of Disability Management, a Ronald McDonald House, and administrative departments.

Notable alumni from the science-fiction world include Astounding Science Fiction editor John W. Campbell; author David Drake; and "Star Trek" screenwriter René Echevarria. Notable alumni from the entertainment world include actors Bailey Chase, Jack Coleman, and Jared Harris.

Libraries: The Duke University Libraries consists of the William R. Perkins Library, Bostock Library, and the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library on West Campus; the Lilly Library and Music Library on East Campus, and the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab. The Libraries collectively hold some 6 million volumes.

Most libraries are open to the public during daytime hours. Visitors may use library computers for up to one hour to access many online resources, including databases. Free borrowing privileges are extended to alumni and patrons of libraries in the Triangle Research Library Network. Other unaffiliated individuals may obtain borrowing privileges by joining Friends of the Duke University Libraries for $100 per year.

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