Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections and is also home to the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre and the historic Cosin’s Library. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.
Visit our webpages for more information on visiting us and booking free tickets for Cosin’s Library.
Access to Archives and Special Collections at Palace Green Library is by appointment only.
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Enjoy our temporary special exhibition exploring the rich prehistoric and Roman archaeology of Durham
Cosin’s Library is one of the earliest public libraries in the North East of England. Hidden in the heart of Durham, the library was founded in 1669 by Bishop John Cosin to give local people access to ‘good books’.
Enjoy the splendour of this 17th-century Library in the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site.
OPENING HOURS AND ADMISSION
OPEN TO ALL
Palace Green Library is open Monday-Sunday between 10am-5pm, with late-night opening until 7pm on Thursdays (excluding Barker Research Library).
Cosin’s Library is open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am-3pm, plus Bank Holidays (excluding Christmas and New Year).
Currently, we are offering free entry to all our visitors.
The Special Collections can currently be accessed Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. We recommend making an appointment.
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.