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.
2019 Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellow: Prof. Pascale Ghazaleh
This term we also welcome to Durham the inaugural Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellow Professor Pascale Ghazaleh of the American University in Cairo. She will be researching in the Abbas Hilmi II Papers in preparation for her lecture on 25 June on the research potential of the collection.
(30 May 2019)
2019 Sir William Luce Fellow: Philip Winter
This term we welcome to Durham the 2019 Sir William Luce Fellow Philip Winter. He will be researching in the Sudan Archive in preparation for his lecture on 13 June on the disputed area of the Ilemi Triangle, bordering South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia.
(26 Apr 2019)
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Palace Green Library
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 2972