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Special Collections

Special Collections

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Designated as an Outstanding Collection logo

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. There 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.

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.


Volunteering information session
Monday 27th April 2015, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Palace Green Library
Volunteering information session
Friday 1st May 2015, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Palace Green Library
May Day Madness
Saturday 2nd May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
May Day Madness
Sunday 3rd May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Mapping the Ends of the Earth in European and Islamic Traditions
Tuesday 5th May 2015, 5:30pm, Learning Centre, Dr Alfred Hiatt
Volunteering information session
Saturday 9th May 2015, 10:00am - 12:00pm, Palace Green Library
Joking Jesters with Seven Stories
Saturday 9th May 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Joking Jesters with Seven Stories
Sunday 10th May 2015, 11:00am - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 11th May 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Marvellous Mosaics
Saturday 16th May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Life on the Somme: the German experience
Saturday 16th May 2015, 2:30pm, Learning Centre, Alastair Fraser
Marvellous Mosaics
Sunday 17th May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 18th May 2015, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
How to do Things with Fur: Medieval Art and the Matter of ‘The Animal’
Tuesday 19th May 2015, 5:30pm, Learning Centre, Dr Robert Mills
Prehistoric Pictures
Saturday 23rd May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Prehistoric Pictures
Sunday 24th May 2015, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt

Poster image for the Magna Carta exhibition.

Palace Green Library, 1 June-31 August 2015

Marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, this special exhibition will feature the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter.

Magna Carta was first sealed in 1215 by King John. The concession it has come to represent – that all authority can be limited by law – was extracted from the king by a group of barons who chose political engagement over passive obedience. As such they were acting no longer as loyal subjects, but as rebellious citizens.

(10 Apr 2015) » Find out more about: Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt



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Contact details

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