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University Library

Palace Green Library Redevelopments

Bishop Cosin's Library


Since 2009, Palace Green Library has been going through a programme of improvement and renovation. These improved facilities are benefiting both researchers and visitors to the Library. Spaces have been created with specialised environmental conditions and security, where the University treasures and special collections can be displayed, as well as visiting exhibitions. As part of the project the 17th century Bishop Cosin’s Library has been renovated and Cosin’s books returned to their shelves.

2013 Developments

During 2013 the 1966 Pace Building was completely refurbished:

  • developing a purpose-build special collections reading room.
  • bringing the environmental conditions in two strong rooms up to full current regulation standards
  • creating more secure strong rooms space by installing extra mobile shelving
Barker Research Library

2014 Developments

The final part of phase 2 was completed in May 2014. The Education Space and Café are now open at the south end of Palace Green Library, near Windy Gap. Come and have a cake to celebrate!

Completed Phases of the Project

Phase 2B of the project was completed in July 2012:

  • creating a new Conservation Unit
  • expanding space and renewing the air-conditioning in a strong room

In February 2012, Phase 2A of the project was completed to:

  • create the new Dennison Stoddart Gallery and the History of the Book Gallery, with facilities to host world-class exhibitions
  • improve visitor amenities including a new entrance area, reception point and shop
  • complete the extensive restoration of Bishop Cosin's 17th century Library

In 2011, Phase 1 of the project was completed:

  • The Wolfson Gallery opened in January 2011. For information about the Treasures of Durham University exhibition, visit our Exhibitions webpage.
  • The Law and Music collections were transferred from Palace Green Library to the Bill Bryson Library in June 2011.
  • The CIS computers at Palace Green were relocated elsewhere around the University's Durham campus. There are alternative open access PCs located on Palace Green in Pemberton Room 24 (PG24) and at all other Library sites. Information about open access facilities can be found at From 2012 as part of the Bill Bryson Library extension more open access PCs, network points and WIFI access became available in the Bill Bryson Library.

Donor Wall

The Bill Bryson Chancellor’s Appeal for Palace Green Library has been one of our most successful appeals to date. A glass wall listing hundreds of dedications has now been installed opposite the newly refurbished Dunelm Gallery in Palace Green Library. This wall records gifts of over £100 from our alumni, friends and supporters.

Thank you to all those who have generously supported this initiative. Please do take the opportunity to visit the Library and see your chosen dedication in situ.