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Durham University

Hatfield College

Study spaces

The Library and Reading Rooms

  • 8,000+ text books
  • 50 DVDs
  • 300+ leisure fiction books
  • 200 Reference books
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Past exam papers
  • Sheet Music
  • 14 study spaces (Library), 22 spaces (Reading Rooms)
  • Quiet Study Space


Hatfield Library is strictly only for use by members of Hatfield College. To access the Library you must input the key code.

Opening Times

Hatfield College Library, the Reading Rooms, and the Computer Room are accessible 24 hours every day, except over the Christmas holiday closure, and during certain events such as the Lion in Winter Ball and Hatfield Day.

Book Requests

If you need a book from your Reading List that Hatfield College Library doesn't have, please complete the book request form to tell the Librarian so that a purchase can be made for the Library. Requests can only be made by Hatfield students who have paid the Library Levy. If you wish to make a request but have not paid, please email the Librarian to discuss.

Non-Hatfield Borrowing

Students and staff of Durham University who are not members of Hatfield may apply to borrow books from Hatfield College Library. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, but loans will usually only be granted if the book is not available at the Main Library. Please email the College Librarian to enquire, quoting the title and shelf-mark of the book:

Document Binding

Hatfield Library has a wire & plastic comb binding machine. Dissertation binding sessions will be run in late Epiphany and early Easter terms for undergraduates, and in the summer for postgraduates. This service is available throughout the year however, please contact the Librarian for details:

The Computer Room

  • 7 networked computers including 1 iMac;
  • 1 multi-function scanner/photocopier/printer that can print in colour and up to A3 in size.


Directions for the Library and the Reading Rooms

In the Melville Building, enter through A or B Stairs and go down one level.

Directions to the Computer Room

In the Melville Building, enter through B Stairs and go down one level. The Computer Room is on the right.


College Librarian

The Librarian - Kevin Sheehan - would be pleased to help you with any enquiry. The Librarian typically works weekday mornings during term-time only. It is best to get in touch by email:

Student Librarians

Student Librarians are trained to assist with library enquiries and work afternoons and evenings during term-time only. They play an important role in the day-to-day running of Hatfield Library.

Internet Access

In addition to the Computer Room in the Melville Building, every study bedroom has a network point for those who have their own computer. Wi-fi is also available throughout Hatfield College.