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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.


Excavations at Auckland Castle
Wednesday 20th June 2018 - Friday 22nd June 2018, 12:00am - 5:00pm, Auckland Castle
Bodies of Evidence: How science unearthed Durham’s dark secret
Wednesday 20th June 2018 - Friday 20th July 2018, 12:00am - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library
Stupendous Stained Glass
Saturday 23rd June 2018 - Sunday 24th June 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 25th June 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Palaeography Summer School
Monday 25th June 2018 - Friday 20th July 2018, 3:30pm - 11:59pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)
Chattering Teeth
Saturday 30th June 2018 - Sunday 1st July 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 2nd July 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Super Skeleton
Saturday 7th July 2018 - Sunday 8th July 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 9th July 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Evening Exhibition Tour
Monday 9th July 2018, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Palace Green Library
Beautiful Boats
Saturday 14th July 2018 - Sunday 15th July 2018, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 16th July 2018, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
After the soldiers left: Durham Cathedral’s conversion into a new university for the North of England, 1653-1660
Monday 16th July 2018, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Palace Green Library (Learning Centre)

Malcolm MacDonald Papers: newly released material

The Malcolm MacDonald Papers catalogue has now been updated with the latest (March 2018) return of documents formerly retained by the FCO. The last such return was in 1996.

(17 May 2018)



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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