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Durham University

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.


2000 years of life at 18-29 Claypath
Monday 20th January 2020 - Wednesday 19th February 2020, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Museum of Archaeology
Norman Cornish: The Sketchbooks
Monday 20th January 2020 - Wednesday 19th February 2020, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Monday 20th January 2020 , 12:00am, DLI Collection Gallery
Alternative Drawing School with Paul Raymond (Week 1)
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre) , Paul Raymond
Super Sketching Weekend
Saturday 25th January 2020 - Sunday 26th January 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 27th January 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Norman Cornish: Collecting Memories
Friday 31st January 2020, 2:30pm - 4:30pm, Palace Green Library
Alternative Drawing School with Paul Raymond (Week 2)
Saturday 1st February 2020, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Palace Green Library , Paul Raymond
Mini Mining Banners
Saturday 1st February 2020 - Sunday 2nd February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 3rd February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Alternative Drawing School with Paul Raymond (Week 3)
Saturday 8th February 2020, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Palace Green Library , Paul Raymond
Behind the Scenes: The Norman Cornish Sketchbooks
Saturday 8th February 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Palace Green Library , Mike Thornton
Amazing Archives
Saturday 8th February 2020 - Sunday 9th February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 10th February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Alternative Drawing School with Paul Raymond (Week 4)
Saturday 15th February 2020, 10:30am - 12:00pm, Palace Green Library , Paul Raymond
Wagging Dogs' Tails
Saturday 15th February 2020 - Sunday 16th February 2020, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 17th February 2020, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Life Drawing Class for Families
Tuesday 18th February 2020, 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