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Special Collections

Information for visitors


Anyone wishing to consult material in the collections may be admitted, at the Librarian's discretion. Users will be asked to register and to produce proof of their identity, including their permanent address, and are advised to give advance notice of their requirements whenever possible. Search room rules are displayed on site, as well as guidelines for users.

Readers can bring into the Search Room their own notes, pencils, laptops and their own books, within reason. There are lockers available for coats and bags. Food and drink is not permitted in the building, apart from in the cafe.

Wifi is normally available for members of the University or those registered with Eduroam using their standard logins, and as a self-registering public service.

Getting to Palace Green Library

The picturesque World Heritage Site of Palace Green does add some challenges to reaching us.

Parking is not available on the peninsula or Palace Green. For more information see Information on car parks in the city and the park and ride scheme can also be found on the tourist information website

A local bus service known as the Cathedral Bus runs between the railway station, Market Place and some car parks to and from Palace Green.

 Map of Durham City centre (the Library is the larger building on the west side of Palace Green).

Getting to 5 The College

5 The College is situated in the close on the south side of the cathedral, at number 58 on the Durham City map (the cathedral close at Durham is called The College). Access is through an archway on North Bailey (the road heading down the peninsula), just before you get to St John's College if coming from the Market Place (number 17 on the map), or alternatively through the Cathedral Cloisters (exit the Cloisters at south-east corner, diagonally opposite the entrance from the Cathedral). Number 5 is at the left side of the main terrace of houses. 5 The College is open on Wednesdays to Fridays for access to the cathedral archives, by appointment only. Please call or email for an appointment (contact details at right hand side). There is no car parking available in the College at any time.


Accommodation for visitors to the department is sometimes available in University colleges, especially during vacations. A list of college addresses and telephone numbers is available on request. See also the University's web page. Information is also available on travelling to Durham.

Contact details

Special Collections
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
United Kingdom
: +44 (0)191 334 2972