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Library News


Covid-19 - safety measures

We continue to prioritise the safety of our staff and users at our sites. Our current practices will remain in place after 19 July, to maintain reassurance and comfort for staff and users. This will be regularly reviewed and any changes will be communicated on our webpages.

If you have any queries, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk.

(18 Jul 2021)

Contractor works outside Bill Bryson Library

Contractor works are being completed outside Bill Bryson Library as of Monday 5 July. A site compound will be set up adjacent to the front entrance of the Library building (on the east side of the main entrance towards the Dawson Building). Access to the Library won’t be restricted and we aren’t expecting any disruption within the building.

(1 Jul 2021)

Elsevier negotiations – Library Town Hall meetings

Negotiations for a new agreement between UK Universities and the publisher Elsevier commenced in March 2021, led by the sector and facilitated by JiscIn these negotiations, universities on behalf of their researchers and students have two main objectives - to reduce costs to sustainable levels and to provide full and immediate open access to UK research. 

The first round of negotiations is currently underway, with the Library working closely with Jisc and the wider University to support this process for the best possible outcome. We will be holding several Town Hall meetings, open to all Durham University members to attend to find out more about the negotiations and the benefits of a successful negotiation outcome.  

The dates of the meetings are: 

  • Monday 12 July - 10.30am-11.30am 
  • Thursday 15 July - 2pm-3pm 
  • Tuesday 20 July - 2pm-3pm 
  • Wednesday 21 July - 11am-12pm 

To book to attend any of these dates, please complete our booking form and hold the date in your diary. A link to the session will be sent out closer to the time. Please note, you only need to attend one meeting. 

Before you attend, please also take the time to watch the short Jisc and Elsevier negotiations video for more information on Jisc’s approach to negotiating open access agreements on behalf of the UK research community. You can also find out more on our Elsevier Subscription Negotiations overview. 

If you have any queries, please contact us by emailing 

(1 Jul 2021)

Online tutorial: Information Cycle

The latest online tutorial for students to develop their research skills is available at 

The Information Cycle tutorial examines the creation, modification and distribution of information after an event, the forms of media that students may encounter, and the academic advantages and considerations of each media type.  

The tutorial includes formative learning assessments to test understanding and concludes with a case study in which students assess the academic credibility of information sources generated by the Information Cycle.  

The full list of online tutorials, developed in partnership between University Library & Collections and DCAD, can be found on our Develop your Skills webpages.  

(23 Jun 2021)

Elsevier subscription negotiations

Negotiations for a new agreement between UK Universities and the publisher Elsevier commenced in March 2021, led by the sector and facilitated by Jisc 

In these negotiations, universities on behalf of their researchers and students have two main objectives:  

  • to reduce costs to sustainable levels 
  • to provide full and immediate open access to UK research. 

The Elsevier contract is due for renewal in December 2021. Visit our dedicated guide for more information. 

(18 Jun 2021)

Change to study spaces opening times and availability

After the exam and assessment period, our study spaces and opening times will be revised. 

From 5 June onwards, pre-booked timeslots for our current services will remain available for those currently in Durham at the following sites, with some updated opening times: 

The following study spaces will no longer be available: 

  • Elvet Riverside 
  • Hotel Indigo 
  • Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science Building 
  • Dunelm House  

All current health and safety measures remain in place – visit our Services Guide for full details. We will continue to update you with any changes in line with guidance from the University. 

If you have any queries about our services and support, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk. 

(27 May 2021)

Covid-19: University Library and Collections one year on...

To help us reflect on the last year, we have put together a short Sway presentation to show examples of the different activities and services we as a department have delivered over a very different year, from the start of the first lockdown back in March 2020 through to the end of Epiphany Term 2021.

(9 Apr 2021)