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Department of English Studies

Facilities, Library and Archives

Facilities and Environment

Located in Hallgarth House, a beautiful Georgian building on Hallgarth Street, and in Elvet Riverside, a modern building overlooking the river, the Department of English Studies has a full range of research resources and facilities for its postgraduate students including:

  • A dedicated postgraduate computer room in Hallgarth House, with links to the main University network.
  • A subsidised inter-library loan service.
  • Easy access to the University and Cathedral libraries which contain special Ccllections of medieval manuscripts, early printed books, and works of the late Seventeenth and Eighteenth centuries, as well as unique modern materials, including the Abbot and Plomer collections, and the Basil Bunting Archive.


The University Library webpages will allow you to inspect the general holdings of the library.

Archives and Special Collections

Durham Library has a number of Special Collections which may be of particular interest to those considering research in English Literature. The following links should enable you to find the sections on the library holdings which are likely to be of greatest interest:

There are also the resources of the Dean and Chapter Library of Durham Cathedral.

Students interested in The Basil Bunting Poetry Archive may also wish to view the page on The Basil Bunting Poetry Centre.

For students with an interest in earlier periods there are both the medieval manuscript collections in the University Library and those in the Dean and Chapter Library of Durham Cathedral.