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Easter weekend opening hours at the Library

From Good Friday, 18 April to Easter Monday, 21 April 2014, the Library will be offering limited opening hours:

Friday 18 April Saturday 19 April Sunday 20 April Monday 21 April
Bill Bryson Library 09:00 - 17:00 10:00 - 17:00 Closed 09:00 - 20:00
Queen's Campus Library Closed Closed Closed Closed
Palace Green Library 09:00 - 17:00 09:00 - 17:00 Closed 09:00 - 17:00
Leazes Road Library Closed Closed Closed Closed
Business School Library Open 24/7 Open 24/7 Open 24/7 Open 24/7

The Bill Bryson Library, Palace Green Library and the Business School Library will be operating a reduced service throughout the Easter weekend.

Please see our Easter Vacation webpage for more details, or for full information about Library opening hours, visit our Opening Hours pages.

(14 Apr 2014)

Bill Bryson Library book moves

Bill Bryson Library Refurbishment

Update 17 April 2014

The book moves are nearing completion, ready for the start of the Easter term. Books with shelfmarks 001 to 339 are now in their permanent position on Level 4. Books with shelfmarks 400 to 779 and books in the Meissen Collection of German Theology have moved to the Level 1 East Wing mobile shelving.

Oversize journals have moved from Level 3 to the Level 1 journals shelving and oversize books from Level 3 have moved to Level 4 and Level 2 of the East Wing. Microfilms have moved from Level 3 to Level 1, behind the printed journals in the North end mobile shelving.

Study desks have moved from Level 3 to Level 4 and after the connection of new power sockets Level 4 will reopen for readers to use. From 28 April to 6 June, furniture in storage will be available on Level 3 to provide additional study space during the Easter term.

Level 3 will close for full refurbishment on 9 June 2014.

Please check the display board at the level 2 entrance or speak to staff at the Help & Information desk on level 2 if you need assistance to locate books.

For full information about the current Bill Bryson Library Refurbishment work, read our news story, or find out full information about the project on our Library Developments webpages

(28 Feb 2014)

Books begin to move back to Level 4 at the Bill Bryson Library

Bill Bryson Library Refurbishment

At the Bill Bryson Library, we're getting ready to reopen the main area on Level 4. From Monday 3 March, work will begin to transfer books with shelfmarks 001-339 from the Level 1 East Wing store back to Level 4 and move books in the central area on Level 3 (shelfmarks 400 - 779) to the Level 1 East Wing store.

Books will be available throughout the moves, except for the time they are being transferred on trolleys between floors. Please speak to a member of Library staff if you are struggling to access the items you need.

(28 Feb 2014) » More about Books begin to move back to Level 4 at the Bill Bryson Library

Library 24/7 is back until the end of exams!

Library 24/7 water bottle logo

From Saturday 26 April - Friday 6 June, Library 24/7 is back for the whole of the exam period at the Bill Bryson Library and Queen’s Campus Library, giving you an unlimited amount of time to use your Library.

We hope that the Library 24/7 opening hours will help to reduce students’ stress during the exam period in the final term as you can use your time wisely, pace yourself, and plan assignments and exam revision effectively to make your studies more enjoyable. Also, be sure to take care when leaving the Library late at night. Your health and wellbeing is a top priority!

Have your say on Library 24/7 in our survey which you can enter from Saturday 26April - Sunday 15 June.

(17 Apr 2014)

Hinduism in the North East highlighted in new exhibition

Embracing the Divine

Members of the local Hindu communities in Durham and Middlesbrough have worked with museum curators, including staff from Durham University's Oriental Museum, to create a new exhibition about their faith.

The exhibition, Embracing the Divine: exploring Hindu Faith, Devotion, and Celebration, opens at the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough on 8th April.

(8 Apr 2014) » More about Hinduism in the North East highlighted in new exhibition

Oriental Museum showcases work by Palestinian artists

Traces and Revelations

Traces and Revelations, an exhibition of paintings by internationally renowned, pioneering artists, Hazem Harb and Mohammed Joha, opens on Friday 4th April at the Oriental Museum, Durham University. 

(24 Mar 2014) » More about Oriental Museum showcases work by Palestinian artists

Refurbishment work at Leazes Road Library, Easter 2014

Library Developments

From Monday 24 March and throughout the Easter vacation, Room 3 at the Leazes Road Library will be closed for refurbishment to update the decoration and carpets in this area.

Preparation work has taken place to move books, furniture and equipment out of Room 3. Books with shelfmarks 370 - 399 will be moved out of this area temporarily and will still be accessible throughout the work. The computers in Room 3 will be accessible from Study Room 1 for the duration of the refurbishment. Study Room 2 will be unavailable over Easter as this room will be repurposed for storage.

For full details of development work at the Leazes Road Library, visit our Library Developments webpages.

(11 Mar 2014)

Planning to use the Library during the Easter vacation?

Easter vacation

If you're travelling away from the North East over the Easter vacation and are planning to use Library resources, make sure you look at our Vacation Periods webpage for full information about borrowing during vacation periods. Remember:

  • Borrowing remains the same during vacations and loan periods do not alter.
  • Make sure you renew your items over the Easter vacation by logging into your Library account.
  • Be careful about borrowing 3 day loan items - these will need to be renewed every three days as normal.

If you're staying in Durham over the Easter vacation, remember that the Bill Bryson Library, Queen's Campus Library and the Leazes Road Library will be operating reduced vacation opening hours.

Opening hours will be limited over the Easter weekend (18 - 21 April 2014). The Bill Bryson Library, Queen's Campus Library, Palace Green Library and the Leazes Road Library will be closed on Easter Sunday (20 April 2014).

Please see our Easter Vacation and opening hours webpages for full details.


(10 Mar 2014)