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Department of English Studies

Research Resources


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

Archives and Special Collections

Durham University Library has a number of Special Collections which may be of particular interest to those considering research in English Literature. The following may be especially relevant:

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

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

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.