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For many Durham graduates Palace Green Library was "the University Library", before the more modern Bill Bryson Library was constructed in the early 1980s. Situated on Palace Green and part of the Durham World Heritage Site, Palace Green Library is currently being transformed into a very special home for the University’s internationally renowned archive and rare book collections. A four-year redevelopment programme is also helping to create new and exciting exhibition, conservation and outreach facilities that will allow the University to share many of its treasures, collected over two centuries, with the wider community whilst contributing to the research and education imperatives of the University.

The various buildings that make up Palace Green Library span almost six centuries, ranging from the 1450 Exchequer Building through Bishop Cosin’s 1669 Library to the 1966 Pace Building. The buildings and collections together make Palace Green Library a unique place within the University, Durham and the North East of England.

Our Vision

Established in 2012, the Friends of Palace Green Library seeks to support the research, scholarship and outreach activities of Palace Green Library by:

  • Promoting the reputation of the Library and encouraging interest in its buildings, collections and exhibitions
  • Supporting the Library in its acquisition of rare books, manuscripts and other valuable items
  • Acting as a channel for the gift of books and manuscripts to enhance the Library’s Special Collections
  • Supporting the conservation of the Library’s unique collection of rare books and documents
  • Facilitating the learning and research mission of the Library by the organisation of scholarly activities including a lecture programme
Our Vision for the Future PDF

Events

Programme of Events for 2014-15 PDF

NEXT EVENT:

Visit to the 'Magna Carta and the Changing Face of Revolt' exhibition

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 6.00-8.00 pm, Palace Green Library

A visit for Friends and their guests to the special exhibition in Palace Green Library marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. The exhibition explores the charter as part of a long history of the contested identity of the citizen, stretching from the Wars of the Roses to the Great Reform Act and beyond, and features the only surviving 1216 issue of the charter, on loan from Durham Cathedral.

The visit will begin with an introductory talk given by a member of Library staff, followed by exclusive access to the exhibition galleries, and will conclude with a drinks reception.

The cost for this event will be £8 for Friends. Friends are welcome to bring along guests to the event at a cost of £10 per person.

Please confirm your attendance to pg.friends@durham.ac.uk or telephone 0191 334 2959.

Membership

of the Friends of Palace Green Library brings you:

  • the opportunity to participate in an annual programme of events such as lectures, visits, displays of Special Collections material and invitations to Gallery opening events;
  • a regular newsletter containing details of recent purchases made possible by the Friends, announcements and reports on Friends activities and news about the Library generally;
  • a chance to contribute to the work of Palace Green Library and support its collections; and
  • 10% discount on all purchases from the Palace Green Library shop

Annual Membership

Single £20

Joint (two people at one address) £30

Life membership £500

Membership leaflets are available here PDF, at the University Libraries, or by contacting us directly.

Online Payments

can be made at https://www.dunelm.org.uk/sslpage.aspx?pid=987

Please select the Gift Amount 'Other' and type the amount [20, 30 or 500] for the membership type you have chosen.

Under 'Designation' select 'Other' and in the text box that appears, please type 'Friends of Palace Green Library Single/Joint/Life Membership', as appropriate.

When you are taken to the payment options screen, select ‘One time gift’.

Contact Us

Friends of Palace Green Library
Durham University
Bill Bryson Library
Stockton Road
Durham DH1 3LY
tel: 0191 334 2932

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