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Liberate My Library

Durham Library & Collections are launching a new Liberate My Library initiative. 

We have wonderful collections across Durham’s libraries and museums but we want to make our collections even more diverse. This February we are working with Durham Students Union to encourage students and staff to recommend items that will increase the diversity of the library’s collections.

We hope that staff and students will be inspired to recommend the widest possible range of new additions to our collections. Are there works created by, or representing people, within LGBT+ communities you would like to see on the shelves of our library? What about works relating to the experiences of BAME or disabled communities? How about issues of gender and identity? 

To get involved pick up a card at any of our libraries or museums or go online to

(11 Feb 2020)

Request More Books

More Books logo

More Books is a simple, direct way for all Durham University staff and students to tell us about books you think should be added to the Library.

We have excellent and extensive collections across Durham’s libraries and museums, but we want you to help us make them even better. So if there’s a book you need, let us know and we’ll buy More Books!

Whether it’s more copies of the texts you want, a book you’ve found that we don’t have or a new book that you think would be a useful addition to our collections, tell us about it.

Just fill in the short form at and we’ll do the rest. We’ll also let you know when the book you requested is available

(3 Feb 2020)

Mobile shelving out of order

A section of mobile shelving on Level 1 of the Bill Bryson Library is currently out of order, preventing easy access to journals. The shelfmarks effected are:

  • 057.8
  • 058
  • 059 - 059.13 BON
  • 91 (05)

If you need access to a journal from this section urgently please ask for assistance at the Help & Information desk where staff will try and offer alternative means of access. The problem has been reported and will be rectified as soon as possible, thank you for your patience.

(23 Jan 2020)