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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
Thursday 21st February 2019 - Wednesday 13th March 2019, 12:00am - 10:00am, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Living on the Hills: 10,000 years of Durham
, Palace Green Library (Wolfson Gallery)
Catch Your Breath
Thursday 21st February 2019 - Sunday 17th March 2019, 12:00am - 5:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
The DLI Collection Gallery: Courage, Comrades, Community
Thursday 21st February 2019 , 12:00am, Palace Green Library (DLI Collection Gallery)
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 21st February 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Words
Saturday 23rd February 2019 - Sunday 24th February 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Breath: a poetry workshop
Sunday 24th February 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 25th February 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Breath Tour
Monday 25th February 2019, 1:00pm - 1:45pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 28th February 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Adding Smoke to Breath
Thursday 28th February 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library
Brilliant Badges
Saturday 2nd March 2019 - Sunday 3rd March 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 4th March 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Sighs and Swoons: Breath and Breathing in Medieval Writing
Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library
Breath as an Anchor - Mindfulness Drop-In Session
Wednesday 6th March 2019, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
From Swamps to Smog: Exploring Historic Theories about the Effects of Air on Health
Wednesday 6th March 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 7th March 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Perfect Poetry
Saturday 9th March 2019 - Sunday 10th March 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 11th March 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, Palace Green Library
Breathtaking Books & Inspiring Incunabula
Monday 11th March 2019, 3:30pm - 4:30pm, Learning Centre, Palace Green Library
Breath in Poetry
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 6:00pm - 7:30pm, Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library
Lunchtime Chair Yoga - Breathe Yourself Calm & Content
Thursday 14th March 2019, 1:00pm - 1:30pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Catch Your Breath Tour
Friday 15th March 2019, 1:00pm, Dennyson Stoddart Gallery, Palace Green Library
Wonderful Windmills
Saturday 16th March 2019 - Sunday 17th March 2019, 1:00pm - 3:00pm, Palace Green Library
Little Bookworms
Monday 18th March 2019, 10:30am - 11:30am, 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