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Welcome to
Palace Green
Library

Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

The Palace Green Library building, which is also now the home of the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre, will re-open on Tuesday 20 July with free entry to visitors.

From 27 July, you will be able to pre-book a combined ticket for Museum of Archaeology and DLI Gallery. For 20-26 July, the DLI Gallery will be open with bookings taken at reception for on the day visits, subject to availability.

Visit our webpages for more information.

Access to Archives and Special Collections at Palace Green Library is by appointment only.

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Another informative and well presented exhibition which told the story of the Somme through the experiences of numerous local people.

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The collections within this library have kept me entranced for hours, and it frequently hosts the best historical exhibitions in the north east.

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Great exhibitions are held here. There is a quiet cafe which is useful for catching breath and plotting your next walk.

 

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Great exhibitions are held here. There is a quiet cafe which is useful for catching breath and plotting your next walk.

 

OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION

OPEN TO ALL

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As of 20 June 2021, Palace Green Library will be open Monday-Sunday between 10am-5pm.

Currently, we are offering free entry to all our visitors.

From 27 July, you will be able to pre-book a combined ticket for Museum of Archaeology and DLI Gallery. For 20-26 July, the DLI Gallery will be open with bookings taken at reception for on the day visits, subject to availability - find out more and book your visit.

The Special Collections can currently be accessed Monday-Friday 10am - 5pm by appointment only.

FAMILY & LOCAL HISTORIANS

Our archives include parish registers, marriage licences and probate records. If you’re researching your family history, explore our collections and plan your visit.

View our family and local history records

4SCHOOLS

Book a visit to Palace Green Library with the 4schools team to explore primary sources from our archives and discover more about Durham’s fascinating history.

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