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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.


Mindfulness Course
Friday 18th January 2019 - Sunday 17th February 2019, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Breath
Friday 18th January 2019 - Sunday 17th February 2019, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Friday 18th January 2019 , 12:00am, Palace Green Library (DLI Collection Gallery)
Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham
, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Marvellous Music
Saturday 19th January 2019 - Sunday 20th January 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 21st January 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Breath Tour
Tuesday 22nd January 2019, 1:00pm - 1:45pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Breath as an Anchor - Mindfulness Drop-In Session
Wednesday 23rd January 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 24th January 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
A Social History of Spirometers
Thursday 24th January 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library
Rainbow Blower
Saturday 26th January 2019 - Sunday 27th January 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 28th January 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 31st January 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Patriotic Posters
Saturday 2nd February 2019 - Sunday 3rd February 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 4th February 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Breath as an Anchor - Mindfulness Drop-In Session
Wednesday 6th February 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 7th February 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The Invisibility of Breathlessness – Physiology, Perception, Politics
Thursday 7th February 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library
Super Sea Shells
Saturday 9th February 2019 - Sunday 10th February 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 11th February 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Breathtaking Books & Inspiring Incunabula
Tuesday 12th February 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 14th February 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Party Blowers
Saturday 16th February 2019 - Sunday 17th February 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library

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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