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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, Durham University's Palace Green Library houses archives, early printed books and other special collections. These include:

  • 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.


Durham Archaeology Explorers Community Archaeology Exhibition
Wednesday 2nd September 2015 - Friday 2nd October 2015, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Wolfson Gallery
Lucet weaving
Saturday 5th September 2015 - Sunday 6th September 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 7th September 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Groovy Greeks
Saturday 12th September 2015 - Sunday 13th September 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 14th September 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Stone Age Life
Saturday 19th September 2015 - Sunday 20th September 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 21st September 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Sculpt away!
Saturday 26th September 2015 - Sunday 27th September 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 28th September 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Book Club
Tuesday 29th September 2015, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Palace Green Library

Torchlit Tales

Torchlit Tales

Palace Green Library, Friday 30 October, 18:00-20:00

Join us for a special evening event where we explore the building by torchlight and listen to stories of adventure, discovery and heroism. To celebrate Museums at Night visitors will be taken on a journey through our galleries and into parts of the building not normally seen by the public so book early to make sure you don’t miss out!

Suitable for children under 12 and all young at heart adults. Please book your place in advance by emailing 4schools@durham.ac.uk.

(16 Aug 2015)


Antarctica : Explorers, Heroes, Scientists

Antarctica : Explorers, Heroes, Scientists

Palace Green Library, 17 October 2015-7 February 2016

This winter, our exhibitions consider the Polar Regions, focusing particularly on the discovery, exploration and ongoing work taking place in Antarctica. This includes two spectacular exhibitions on loan from the Royal Geographical Society, alongside displays exploring how men and women from the North East of England have contributed to our understanding of this most recently discovered continent, from the work of Captain Cook to Durham University scientists who are working in Antarctica today.

(20 Aug 2015) » Find out more about: Antarctica : Explorers, Heroes, Scientists



Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt access information

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