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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. 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.


DECAY: Time, Objects & Destruction
Friday 22nd September 2017 - Sunday 22nd October 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Museum of Archaeology at Palace Green
Military Musicals
Saturday 23rd September 2017 - Sunday 24th September 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 25th September 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours, 12.30pm
Thursday 28th September 2017, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours,12.30 and 2.30pm
Friday 29th September 2017 every day until Sunday 1st October 2017, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Palace Green Library
Vicious Vikings
Saturday 30th September 2017 - Sunday 1st October 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 2nd October 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours,14.00
Monday 2nd October 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours,12.00
Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours,12.30 and 2.30pm
Wednesday 4th October 2017 every day until Tuesday 10th October 2017, 12:30pm - 2:30pm, Palace Green Library
Crowning Glory
Saturday 7th October 2017 - Sunday 8th October 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 9th October 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Between Worlds: Folklore and Fairy Tales from Northern Britain
Saturday 14th October 2017 - Sunday 22nd October 2017, 9:00am - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Fantastic Fairies
Saturday 14th October 2017 - Sunday 15th October 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 16th October 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Brilliant Bookmarks
Saturday 21st October 2017 - Sunday 22nd October 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

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