Independence Day Hours

Due to the Independence Day holiday, the James B. Duke Library and all campus branches will be closed on Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th. 

To help get your 4th off to a good start, here are just a few of the library’s great resources on the subject.

The full text of the Declaration of Independence can be found online via the library’s catalog.  Published by the Government Printing Office, this electronic government document includes the Constitution of the United States and the Declaration of Independence (beginning on p. 35).

The People’s War: Original Voices of the American Revolution

4th of july

A Devil of a Whipping: The Battle of Cowpens

Andrew Pickens: South Carolina Patriot in the Revolutionary War

Revolutionary Founders: Rebels, Radicals, and Reformers in the Making of the Nation

The Patriot (DVD)

John Adams (DVD)

Parker’s Guide to the Revolutionary War in South Carolina: Battles, Skirmishes, and Murders (located in Special Collections and Archives – Library Use Only)

Class of 2020

Welcome, Class of 2020! Campus is coming alive as we meet our new first year students. The Furman Libraries is attending all the Summer O fairs to welcome students and families, give them a small college survival kit, and encourage them to get into the library habit, early and often! The librarians don’t give students grades, but our experience with the curriculum helps us make your grades better! We’re looking forward to helping you in the Fall.

Summer Orientation Hours

Library hours during Summer Orientation are as follows:

Friday June 17 8am-5pm
Saturday June 18 9am-5pm
Sunday June 19 1pm-5pm
Monday June 20 8am-10pm
Tuesday June 21 8am-10pm
Wednesday June 22 8am-10pm
Thursday June 23 8am-10pm
Friday June 24 8am-5pm
Saturday June 25 9am-5pm
Sunday June 26 9am-5pm
Monday June 27 8am-10pm
Tuesday June 28 8am-10pm
Wednesday June 29 8am-10pm

The Research Assistance Desk will be staffed from 11am-3pm Monday – Friday. If you need help at another time, please feel free to walk behind the desk and find us in our offices or email us at



On Display: Around the World

Visit the James B. Duke Library to browse our latest display based on the question, “What in the world should you read next?”


Titles include:

Nervous Conditions (Former Rhodesia)
Wife of the Gods (Ghana)
Children of the Alley (Egypt)
The Golden Notebook (Former Rhodesia)

Interpreter of Maladies: Stories (India)
The Vegetarian: A Novel (South Korea)

Seven Little Australians (Sydney)
The Thorn Birds (Fictional town in the Outback)

Hopscotch (France)
Growth of the Soil (Norway)
White Teeth: A Novel (United Kingdom)

North America
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Dominican Republic)
The Color Purple (United States)
Runaway: Stories (Canada)

South America
Bel Canto (Peru)
The Old Patagonian Express (Mexico to Argentina)



Borrow an iPad!

We’ve got gadgets!  The James B. Duke Library loans iPads and Kindles to current students, faculty, and staff.  The check-out period for electronic devices is 2 weeks, with a 2 week renewal if no one is on the waiting list.  You can check availability and place a hold on an electronic device by visiting the Circulation Desk or by calling 864-294-2265.  Check out our technology lending page for more information.

Clean & Sparkling Closure

The James B. Duke Library, including Special Collections will be closed on Thursday, June 2nd at 12 noon and reopen at 8am On Monday, June 6th for our annual carpet cleaning and preventive insect management. Maxwell Music Library and Sanders science Library will also be closed on Friday-Monday.
During this time many of our resources are still available on our website. Borrowed items may be returned in the book drop.
We hope this doesn’t cause any inconvenience and look forward to seeing you next week.

Readathon Today!


TODAY! May 26, 2016

Participate in the May X Reading Experience Readathon!

Reading Bingo (bring a book)…..9 am Library, Haynsworth Room
Audiobook listening and coloring…..10 am Library, Haynsworth Room
Around the World in 80 Minutes (books provided)…..1 pm, Library Room 043
Book swap (bring a book you no longer want)…..1 pm, Library Room 043
All sessions are drop-in, come and go as you please.

Memorial Day Hours

In honor of Memorial Day, the James B. Duke Library will operate on an adjusted schedule.

  • May 28 – Saturday – CLOSED
  • May 29 – Sunday – 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • May 30 – Monday – 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

In 1921, Furman paid tribute to the University’s World War I veterans in a moving ceremony that unveiled a memorial statue, The Spirit of the American Doughboy. The term doughboy was used by European soldiers to describe their American allies. The U.S. troops arrived in France from a training base in Texas that was known for its white adobe soil. The soil often discolored their uniforms, giving them a “doughboy” appearance.

The copper sculpture by E.M. Viquesney, depicted a soldier rushing into battle, clutching a grenade in one hand and a rifle in the other. Mass produced during the 1920s and 1930s for communities throughout the United States, the first Doughboy statue placed as a memorial was dedicated on the old campus of Furman University in downtown Greenville on June 7, 1921.

Five hundred and forty Furman men, almost the entire student body of the then all-male college, volunteered for service during the Great War. Six of them died during the war — Pvt. Thomas J. Lyons Jr., Pvt. Otis Brodie, Lt. John H. David (the first South Carolina officer killed in action), Lt. Charles S. Gardner (who, though seriously wounded, refused to be removed from the battle), Sgt. Charles E. Timmons Jr. (who “went to death beyond the call of duty, while aiding men from another company”), and Cpl. Talmadge W. Gerrald (who gave his life trying to save a wounded comrade). Their names are inscribed at the base of the Doughboy.

Since the dedication in 1921, the Furman Doughboy has become one of the University’s most enduring landmarks. In the late 1940s a plaque bearing the names of Furman students lost during World War II was placed at the base of the statue. When Furman moved to its current location, so did the Doughboy. After suffering years of neglect, dents, and vandalism, Furman University’s original Doughboy, was retired to the Upcountry History Museum, and a completely new replacement was cast in bronze by sculptor Maria Kirby-Smith in 2004. The statue is located next to the Physical Activities Center in Childers Plaza, and faces east toward the battlefields of France.