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Durham University

Libraries and Special Collections in County Durham

Palace Green Library

Palace Green Library houses the Durham University Special Collections (SC). There are:

  • Over 70,000 books printed before 1850 including 300 incunables
  • Over 100 Medieval manuscripts
  • 3,400 metres of archives and artefacts
  • Over 30,000 maps and prints and 100,000 photographs

Palace Green Library also houses three family libraries of significant historical interest: the Cosin Library, the Bamburgh Library and the Routh Library.


Anyone wishing to consult material in the collections may be admitted, at the Librarian's discretion. Please contact Palace Green Library beforehand to confirm the availability of archival material and to give advance notice of your requirements.

On arrival, users will be asked to register and produce proof of their identity, including their permanent address.

Opening times

Opening times vary, please consult the calendar of opening times for up-to-date information.

Contact Palace Green Library

John Cosin's Library
Special Collections
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2972