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Durham University

University Library

New Students

Welcome to Durham University

We look forward to seeing you in the Library. Durham University Library provides resources, support and study spaces for all Durham University students.

Getting started

  • Remember your Durham University campus card when you visit the Library as it’s essential to access the Bill Bryson Library at all times, and Leazes Road Library during evenings and weekends. You will also need your campus card to borrow items and to access library services, as well as CIS services such as printing and photocopying.
  • Visit our Induction activities in the East Wing of level 1 of the Bill Bryson Library during Induction Week. There are competitions, freebies and fun activities, and library staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have!
  • Book a tour of the Bill Bryson Library during October.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up-to-date with our activities and news!
Leazes Road Library

Essential information

Jump to…

Main collections

Durham University Library has four library sites. The Bill Bryson Library (also known as 'The Billy B!') is the main University Library location and is on the Mountjoy site. Resources for Education and Foundation are located at the Leazes Road Library. The Palace Green Library houses special collections and archives, whilst the Business School Library provides specific collection and resources for Business School students.

Check the opening hours for each Library site before your visit. At the Bill Bryson Library we operate 24/7 opening during the Epiphany and exam terms. To find out more please visit:

Accommodating a variety of study needs

In addition to wi-fi access and loanable laptops, at the Bill Bryson Library we offer a range of different study environments.

  • Individual study rooms.
  • Group study rooms.
  • PC rooms are located on Level 3 and the Kepier room Level 4 is available when not in use for training.
  • A dedicated room for research postgraduates on Level 4.
  • Quiet study on Level 2.
  • Collaborative study area, for small groups of up to 4 people, on Level 1.

Silent study areas are available across the whole Library.

Accessible study rooms are also available.

Your library account

Check your University email and Library account regularly to keep track of your loans. Through your library account you can:

  • Check when to return your books
  • Renew books and pay Library charges
  • Find out if the due dates for your books have changed

Food and drink policy

Cold food can be consumed in the Library on Levels 1, 2 and 3 - but hot food cannot be consumed in the Library. Lidded and bottled drinks are allowed throughout the whole Library. Level 4 remains a food-free zone. Our priority is to provide a pleasant environment that is conducive to study and the Library Café provides a mixed area both for study and where cold food may be eaten.

Finding and borrowing resources

The Library offers two main to find the information and resources you need:

  1. The first step is to search the Catalogue: here you can find books, ebooks and journals with their relative location, and access digital resources.
  2. The second step is to search with Discover. Discover allows you to directly search collections and access e-journals articles, electronic resources and databases.

Once you found the resource you are looking for, you can access it online or, if it is a print resource, borrow it from our self-service machines. Please visit our dedicated webpage to check loan periods and how many items you can borrow at each time.

Your Faculty Librarian

Your Faculty Librarian is there to offer you specific expertise and support you throughout your course if you need advice on finding and managing specific resources for your subject.

Find out who your Faculty Librarian is and how to contact them here.

Reading lists

The Library also gathers and provides access to reading lists provided by lectures for your taught modules. Find your reading list through DUO or here. Follow the links from your reading list to find the resources recommended by your lecturers.


The Library is here to support you throughout your time at Durham. Make sure you contact us if you are having any problems using the library or locating the information you need - we're here to help!

We’re here to help whenever you need assistance using the Library. Speak to a member of Library staff, call us or contact us online:


Phone: 0191 334 3042

If you are a user registered with Disability Support or need help to make use of our resources, please visit our dedicated page for further information and contacts.

Your feedback

Do you have a bee in your bonnet? Get in touch with your comments and feedback so that we can improve Library services via our feedback form or contact us by email, Facebook or Twitter.