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Antarctica exhibition coming to Palace Green Library


This winter, Palace Green Library’s exhibitions consider the Polar Regions, focusing particularly on the discovery, exploration and ongoing work taking place in Antarctica.

(28 Aug 2015) » More about Antarctica exhibition coming to Palace Green Library

Durham University Receives a Copy of the Emperor Qianglong’s Library

Durham University has recently received a donation of 1,500 volume set (containing 3641 titles) fine, cloth-bound reproduction of Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong’s (1711-1799) library, with an estimated financial value of over £50,000, thanks to a generous donation from Hong Kong based Chin-Kung Multicultural Education Foundation. 

(23 Jun 2015) » More about Durham University Receives a Copy of the Emperor Qianglong’s Library

Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation


During the summer vacation, opening hours are reduced from normal term time hours. Each site opens on slightly different times and days so please ensure that you check our opening times before you visit any library location.

(9 Jun 2015) » More about Summer Vacation

Discover Durham Collections



We’re introducing a powerful new system for searching Durham University’s collections, Discover. Search Durham collections and access e-journal articles, databases, medieval manuscripts at Palace Green Library, artefacts from the Oriental Museum, Durham University theses, image resources and research datasets. You’ll also find books from your reading lists on Discover too.

(19 Feb 2015) » More about Discover Durham Collections

Recommend a Book!

Recommend a Book

Recommend a Book is a new scheme from the University Library, offering students the chance to request resources to be purchased all year round. Similar to More Books, which has proven hugely popular in previous years, Recommend a Book gives students an easy and direct way to tell the Library which resources you need. To use this service you simply fill out the form at

(23 Feb 2015) » More about Recommend a Book!