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You will find some changes to the services that you may be used to from our libraries and collections, due to the effects of Covid-19. You can visit our Epiphany Term 2021 guide to view all the services available this term.

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University Library and Collections - Epiphany Term (Term 2)

During Epiphany Term, the University has provided clear Stay at Home guidance: 

With a very few exceptions, all teaching and learning will now be online only for the entirety of Epiphany Term – up to 19 March 2021. Students not currently in Durham should not return to Durham City before the start of Easter Term 2021, at the earliest. 

Visit to find out more about the national lockdown announced on Monday 4 January 2021. Please read the UK Government guidance on When You Can Leave Home before deciding on any travel. 

For those of you currently in Durham, to help protect our University and local community, you are asked to consider carefully if every visit to the Library or TLC is really essential to you.

We want to reassure you that regardless of where you are during the lockdown period, we will continue to support you through our online services, available to you anytime, anywhere. We have a vast collection of online resources accessible through Discover, specific subject support on our subject guides and help and support through our Virtual Enquiry Desk

Please see below for more details on our current available services.

(12 Jan 2021) » More about University Library and Collections - Epiphany Term (Term 2)

Easter vacation opening times

Over the Easter vacation period, our opening times for Bill Bryson Library and Teaching and Learning Centre are as follows: 

Opening times for Saturday 20 March – Sunday 25 April 2021 

Bill Bryson Library:  

  • Monday-Friday 9am-8pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday 1pm-5.30pm  
Teaching and Learning Centre: 
  • Monday-Friday 9am-6pm  
  • Saturday-Sunday closed 

Both buildings will be closed for the Easter weekend (Friday 2 April to Monday 5 April) and reopen at 9am on Tuesday 6 April. Our Virtual Enquiry Desk will be available on Friday 2 and Monday 5 April, and our Live Chat service will run throughout the whole weekend. 

During these opening times, pre-booked study spaces and Browse and Borrow timeslots will continue to be available through the Space Bookings system for staff and students currently residing in Durham for essential use only. Please continue to follow the safety measures we have in place and cancel any bookings you no longer need. 

If you have any queries, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk.

(5 Mar 2021)

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