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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.


Antarctic Science Today
, Palace Green Library
Antarctic Witness
, Palace Green Library
With Scott to the Pole
, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 8th February 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Epistemic Images in Early Modern Europe
Tuesday 9th February 2016, 5:30pm, Learning Centre, Dr Sachiko Kusukawa, University of Cambridge
Love is in the Air
Saturday 13th February 2016 - Sunday 14th February 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 15th February 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Viking Jewellery
Saturday 20th February 2016 - Sunday 21st February 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 22nd February 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Book Club
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 5:00pm - 6:00pm, Palace Green Library
Secrets Unlocked: Locks and Keys from Instruments to Symbols of Early Modern Secrecy
Tuesday 23rd February 2016, 5:30pm, Learning Centre, Professor Ingrid de Smet, University of Warwick
Durham World Heritage Site Research Strategy Launch Event
Wednesday 24th February 2016, 1:00pm, Learning Centre
Self-Commentary in Early Modern European Literature
Friday 26th February 2016 , 10:30am, Learning Centre
Swashbuckling Swords
Saturday 27th February 2016 - Sunday 28th February 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 29th February 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery
Brilliant Books
Saturday 5th March 2016 - Sunday 6th March 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 7th March 2016, 10:30am - 11:30am, Wolfson Gallery

North East England Tourism Awards 2015

On Tuesday 24 November 2015, our summer exhibition, Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt snapped up two awards at the North East England Tourism Awards 2015.

(9 Dec 2015) » Find out more about: North East England Tourism Awards 2015


Antarctica : Explorers, Heroes, Scientists

Antarctica : Explorers, Heroes, Scientists

Palace Green Library, 17 October 2015-7 February 2016

This winter, our exhibitions consider the Polar Regions, focusing particularly on the discovery, exploration and ongoing work taking place in Antarctica. This includes two spectacular exhibitions on loan from the Royal Geographical Society, alongside displays exploring how men and women from the North East of England have contributed to our understanding of this most recently discovered continent, from the work of Captain Cook to Durham University scientists who are working in Antarctica today.

(20 Aug 2015) » Find out more about: Antarctica : Explorers, Heroes, Scientists



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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