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Special Collections

Special Collections

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Founded in 1833 and occupying listed buildings within the Durham World Heritage site, the Palace Green Library of Durham University houses archives, early printed books and other special collections. 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

We are open to anyone needing to consult our collections once they have registered with us.

Two of the University Library's special collections were awarded Designated status in 2005 in the first round of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Designation Scheme. 


On Seeing the Author: Portraits in Libraries from Antiquity to the Present
Monday 30th March 2015 - Monday 13th April 2015, 12:00am - 11:59pm, History of the Book Gallery
Vietnam: A Nation not a War
Monday 30th March 2015 - Monday 13th April 2015, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery
Little Bookworms
Monday 30th March 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Book Club
Tuesday 31st March 2015, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Palace Green Library
Beautiful Bunnies
Saturday 4th April 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
What to wear?
Saturday 11th April 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
What to wear?
Sunday 12th April 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

On Seeing the Author: Portraits in Libraries from Antiquity to the Present

New exhibition opening 30 January 2015

For millennia, people watching plays, listening to songs and poetry, and reading books have understood that an author was responsible for the words they are experiencing. Thinking about the author has always been important in thinking about the words themselves. The Living Poets research project in Durham University’s Classics and Ancient History Department explores how people have imagined ancient authors over time. It also considers how readers and listeners imagine authors look, as a way of thinking about their works.

(19 Jan 2015) » Find out more about: On Seeing the Author


Vietnam: A Nation not a War

New exhibition opening 30 January 2015

This exhibition mixes historic and contemporary objects from Vietnam with contemporary works by British artist Anthony Key to explore national identity, migration, cultural diversity, faith and belonging in Vietnam. Building on research currently being undertaken at Durham University, the exhibition looks beyond stereotypes and familiar associations with the Vietnam War to bring the Vietnamese nation and its diverse ethnic groups to life for the visitor.

(19 Jan 2015) » Find out more about: Vietnam: A Nation not a War



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Contact details

Special Collections
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
DURHAM
DH1 3RN
United Kingdom
Tel
: +44 (0)191 334 2972
Email: pg.library@durham.ac.uk