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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.


Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham
, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Saturday 17th November 2018 , 12:00am, Palace Green Library (DLI Collection Gallery)
Colourful Crowns
Saturday 17th November 2018 - Sunday 18th November 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 19th November 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Breath
Saturday 24th November 2018 - Monday 17th December 2018, 10:00am - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Breathe in, Breathe Out
Saturday 24th November 2018 - Sunday 25th November 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 26th November 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Origami Lanterns
Saturday 1st December 2018 - Sunday 2nd December 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 3rd December 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Air Ball Game
Saturday 8th December 2018 - Sunday 9th December 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 10th December 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Christmas Decorations
Saturday 15th December 2018 - Sunday 16th December 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 17th December 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library

The Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme

Prince Abbas Hilmi, Chairman of the Trustees of the Mohamed Ali Foundation, Professor Anoush Ehteshami, and Vice-Chancellor Professor Stuart Corbridge, at the inauguration of the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme on 29 June 2018.

The 9-year Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme was inaugurated on 29 June with the donation to the university of £114,000 by the Foundation. Fellows will research the Abbas Hilmi II Papers and produce lectures and ultimately an edited volume in 2027.

(13 Jul 2018) » Find out more about: Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship



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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