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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 Welcome Stand in the Library during Induction week and pick up information and freebies. 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

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Main collections

Durham University Library has four library sites. The Bill Bryson Library, also known as Billy B., is the main University Library site and is located on the Mountjoy site. Resources for Education are located at the Leazes Road Library. The Palace Green Library houses special collections and archives, while 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

From September 2018 a revised Food and drink policy will operate in the Bill Bryson Library.

Cold food can be consumed in the Library on Levels 1, 2 and 3. 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. The new Library Café (opening in Epiphany 2019) will provide a mixed area both for study and where cold food may be eaten. Please use the bins provided and be considerate of other users. Until the new Library Café is reopened, alternative catering options will be available in the Library area. In addition to existing cafés, from 1st October 2018 the Calman Café will operate extended opening hours and an additional coffee cart will be located outside of the Library during weekdays. With the start of the new term (8th October), a marquee will be installed in the square opposite the Library and external venders will be present on weekdays selling a variety of cold and hot food.

Please consider that hot food cannot be consumed in the Library; we recommend to use the marquee and alternative facilities in the area. Please check the Library new food and drink policy here.

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 Liaison Librarian

Your Liaison 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 Liaison 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.