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University Library


Durham University Library welcomes visitors and we look forward to meeting you when you visit. Please be aware that access controls are in place at University libraries and access to visitors may be restricted during the summer Exam term in April and May and at other times in order to maintain secuirty.

While the primary function of the Library is to serve members of the University, facilities can be offered to non-members when the material required is not readily available elsewhere and no inconvenience to the University is likely to result. (Items from our Short Loan Collection are not available for borrowing by visitors.)

Check our page on access for visitors to see if you are eligible to join the Library. It is also possible to have limited access to our online resources.

Registering as a Visitor

As a day visitor you should be over 18 and will be asked to complete a short sign in form and present identification. Identification should be photographic with proof of your address. A driving licence or passport and utility bill with home address are acceptable. Academic visitors from other Universities will be expected to show a valid University ID card.

Regular Library users may apply for a Campus Card:

  • You must complete an CIS (Computing and Information Services) visitor campus card application form.
  • Original proof of identity and current home address is required, and will be checked when you hand in your form to Library staff. If you post your application form, your proof of identity must be presented when you collect your Campus Card.
  • It may take several days for your Campus Card to be produced and notification sent that you may collect it.

Please note:

  • Campus Cards may only be used by the person they are issued to.
  • You must bring your card on all visits to the Library, and must use your card if you want to borrow books.
  • To access the Bill Bryson Library you must use your Campus Card to swipe in using the turnstiles.


Staff and students from around 180 university and higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland may use our libraries as SCONUL Access visitors. Academic visitors from other Universities will be expected to show a valid University ID card displaying their photograph. Check the list of SCONUL Access member libraries to ensure your institution participates.

Pre-visit Contacts

Bill Bryson Library (University Library)
Telephone: 0191 334 2967
Leazes Road Library (School of Education)
Telephone: 0191 334 8137
Palace Green Library
Search Room
Telephone: 0191 334 2972