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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.


Everyone's History: 20 years of the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the Treasure Act
Thursday 18th January 2018 - Saturday 17th February 2018, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Museum of Archaeology
Toadstools
Saturday 20th January 2018 - Sunday 21st January 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 22nd January 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Spectacular Cerberus
Saturday 27th January 2018 - Sunday 28th January 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 29th January 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Whimsical Wands
Saturday 3rd February 2018 - Sunday 4th February 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Mesmerising Medusa
Saturday 10th February 2018 - Sunday 11th February 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Beautiful Boats
Saturday 17th February 2018, 1:00pm - 11:59pm, 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