Check out the DCC's very own lending library

There are three locations within the DCC where we house books for students (and anyone!) to borrow: the FAH Study Room, the FAH Lower Level Lounge, and the Page 3rd Floor Office Suite. If you would like to check out a book, you can click here at this link and then follow the steps just here.

Instructions on how to use the Lending Library

  1. Select a book from a shelf in the FAH Study, FAH Lounge, or Page Offices
  2. Click this link
  3. Search for the book title in the Search Box
  4. When prompted, enter your Duke NetID as your Patron ID
    (If you are not in our Library Patron database, email your FName, LName, and NetID to catholic@duke.edu and we will add you asap.)
  5. Click on the Checkout Box
  6. You will receive an email indicating when the book is due back to the DCC
  1. Simply place the book you are returning in the basket in the FAH Study or in the basket in the Page Offices. Do not try to put the book back on one of the shelves.
  2. You will receive email confirmation that the book has been checked back in.
    • Pray for our donors who help us to purchase new books.
    • Return the books you borrow by the time indicated.
    • Do not “donate” new or used books to the collection, see a DCC Staff member instead.

Here's some of our favorite book recommendations, and places we suggest you begin if you're looking to grow:


My Life with the Saints by James Martin

James Martin has led an entirely modern life: from a lukewarm Catholic childhood, to an education at the Wharton School of Business, to the executive fast track at General Electric, to ministry as a Jesuit priest, to a busy media career in Manhattan. But at every step he has been accompanied by some surprising friends—the saints of the Catholic Church.


The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton

This is one of the most influential religious works of the twentieth century. It tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man whose search for peace and faith leads him, at the age of twenty-six, to take vows with the Trappist monks. At the Abbey of Gethsemani, “the four walls of my new freedom,” Thomas Merton struggles to withdraw from the world, but only after he has fully immersed himself in it.


Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen

Initially written for a Jewish friend, Life of the Beloved has become Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacy to Christians around the world. This sincere testimony of the power and invitation of Christ is indeed a great guide to a truly uplifting spiritual life in today’s world.


Jesus Shock by Peter Kreeft

The life of Jesus Christ is indelibly engraved upon history; neither the erosion of time nor the devastating and compounding effects of evil have been able to erase his influence. He saw things differently, and he had no respect for the status quo. You can praise him, disagree with him, quote him, disbelieve him, glorify him, or vilify him. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore him. But who is Jesus today? Who is Jesus to you? Get ready to discover Jesus like you have never known him.


The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis

Open your mind to new insights and understanding of what happens when we die with C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece on Heaven, Hell and our choice in the matter. Described as a “fanciful journey to Heaven conducted with the wit and wisdom for which the author is famous,” you won’t be able to put this one down. A great perspective-shifting read!


The Lamb’s Supper by Scott Hahn

The Lamb’s Supper reveals a long-lost secret of the Church: the early Christians’ keys to understanding the mysteries of the Mass. Beautifully written in clear, direct language, this new book by bestselling Catholic author Scott Hahn will help readers see the Mass with new eyes, pray with a renewed heart, and enter into the Mass more fully, enthusiastically, intelligently, and powerfully than ever before. 

We also suggest you check out these resources


Videos through Formed

There is a new “Catholic Netflix” thanks to The Augustine Institute, Lighthouse Catholic Media, and Ignatius Press. With videos from your favorites (Bishop Robert Barron, Dr. Scott Hahn, Fr. Mike Schmitz, etc.), we can’t recommend FORMED strongly enough!


  1. Simply head to FORMED.org and click the “SIGN UP” button.
  2. Select “I belong to a Parish or Organization”.
  3. When you are prompted to find your parish, search for “Duke Catholic Center”. Select Duke Catholic Center and click the “Next” button.
  4. Enter your full name and your email address. Click the “Sign Up” button.


  1. You will select “SIGN IN” in the top right corner on formed.org.
  2. You will then enter the email address with which you signed up.
  3. After submitting your address, FORMED will send an email to your account with a link you must click in order to access the site.
  4. We know this is a cumbersome login process. We have reached out to FORMED to share our concerns.

A Powerhouse of Awesome Catholic Stuff

ICYMI, Bishop Robert Barron’s homilies, essays, and commentaries are the best! And Word on Fire is his outlet. As author, speaker, and theologian, Robert Barron is a leading authority on the New Evangelization and has thoughts to share on everything from summer blockbusters to Scripture. Check out the Word on Fire videosblog postshomilies, and more!


Here at the Duke Catholic Center, we love creating content to help you dig into your spiritual life. Whether it’s wellness tips on university-wide wellness days or printed guides for the different liturgical seasons—we curate only the best content for you. Click through to read, download, and share any of our printed content!

  • Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig
  • Answering Atheism: How to Make the Case for God with Logic and Charity by Trent Horn
  • Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the Twenty-First Century by Dr. William Donohue
  • The Philosophy of Tolkien: The Worldview Behind The Lord of the Rings by Peter Kreeft
  • Literary Giants, Literary Catholics by Joseph Pearce
  • Building the Free Society: Democracy, Capitalism, and Catholic Social Teaching by George Weigel
  • How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization by Thomas E. Woods
  • How to Share Your Faith With Anyone by Terry Barber
  • The Better Part by Fr. John Bartunek
  • Prayer: Our Deepest Longing by Ronald Rolheiser
  • Searching for and Maintaining Peace: A Small Treatise on Peace of Heart by Jacques Philippe
  • NUNC COEPI: A Year of Prayer
  • The Great Adventure Bible
  • An Ignatian Introduction to Prayer by Fr. Timothy M. Gallagher
  • A School of Prayer: The Saints Show Us How to Pray by Pope Benedict XVI
  • Lift Up Your Heart: A 10-Day Personal Retreat with St. Francis de Sales by John Burns
  • 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat by Michael Gaitley
  • Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus by Sherry Weddell
  • Catholicism: A Journey to the Heart of the Faith by Robert Barron
  • Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton
  • Christianity for Modern Pagans by Peter Kreeft
  • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • Theology for Beginners by Frank Sheed
  • Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did by Mark Shea
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
  • Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by Pope John Paul II
  • The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  • History of the Catholic Church: From the Apostolic Age to the Third Millennium by James Hitchcock
  • My Life With the Saints by Fr. James Martin, SJ
  • Life of the Beloved by Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  • The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Craig Blomberg
  • Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen
  • The Resurrection of the Son of God by N.T. Wright
  • To Know Christ Jesus by Frank Sheed
  • Jesus of Nazareth trilogy by Pope Benedict XVI