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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.


Everyone's History: 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act
Sunday 19th November 2017 - Tuesday 19th December 2017, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Museum of Archaeology
Perfect Poetry
Sunday 19th November 2017, 12:00am - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 20th November 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Historic Durham Tours,1.30pm
Friday 24th November 2017, 1:30pm - 2:30pm, Palace Green Library
Folk Music Evening with The Brothers Gillespie
Friday 24th November 2017, 6:30pm, Palace Green Library (The Courtyard Café)
Fabulous Fairy Doors
Saturday 25th November 2017 - Sunday 26th November 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 27th November 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Marvellous Maze
Saturday 2nd December 2017 - Sunday 3rd December 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 4th December 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Between Worlds: Art Workshop
Saturday 9th December 2017, 10:00am - 4:00pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)
Stunning Stars
Saturday 9th December 2017 - Sunday 10th December 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 11th December 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Christmas Cards
Saturday 16th December 2017 - Sunday 17th December 2017, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 18th December 2017, 10:30am - 11:30am, 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