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. Registration here involves completing a form, providing proofs of identity and agreeing to abide by the Library's rules (please contact us if you require further information on this)
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.
Restricted access to books in Bishop Cosin’s Library, 2016-17
During the academic year 2016-17 Durham University is undertaking a refurbishment project in the Exchequer Buildings within Palace Green Library. This work is a continuation of the multi-million pound programme of work at Palace Green Library. It will restore and refurbish the medieval Exchequer Building and enable greater public access in future, via guided tours. It will however, also place severe restrictions on access to the adjacent Bishop Cosin’s Library.
It will not be possible to retrieve books in response to research requests between 1st September 2016 and completion of the works, anticipated to be sometime in April 2017.
Collections affected are:
- All printed books in Bishop Cosin’s Library except those now with shelfmark SB or SB+
- Maltby Collection (except Maltby++)
- Winterbottom Collection (except Winterbottom++)
- Durham University Music Exercises
- Richmond Grammar School
In order to enable some access to material during this period and to minimise the impact on researchers, we can make arrangements to relocate individual volumes where there is a need for access to copy-specific items.
We request that any researchers seeking access to material contact us before 26th August 2016, with information about the individual volume(s) they wish to access and the reasons for their need for access to specific copy/ies.
For requests or any queries, please contact Judy Burg, Head of Archives and Special Collections, Palace Green Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
Somme 1916: from Durham to the Western Front
Palace Green Library, 25 March–2 October 2016
100 years on, this commemorative exhibition will explore the reality of the Battle of the Somme through the eyes of the people from County Durham who were there.
Cathedral Library antiquarian and music collections
The cathedral library's music and antiquarian collections, (Surtees, Raine, Randall, Allan, Longstaffe, Sharp, Hunter), have now been returned from Palace Green Library to the cathedral's care, and consequently will no longer be available for consultation in the Barker Research Library. News on when they will again become available for research purposes will be published on the cathedral library's website.
(16 Feb 2016)
North East England Tourism Awards 2015
On Tuesday 24 November 2015, our summer exhibition, Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt snapped up two awards at the North East England Tourism Awards 2015.
(9 Dec 2015) » Find out more about: North East England Tourism Awards 2015
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