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Welcome to
Palace Green
Library

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 Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.

Visit our webpages for more information on visiting us.

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

Learn more about us

What's On View all events

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Enjoy our temporary special exhibition exploring the rich prehistoric and Roman archaeology of Durham

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Palace Green Library is now offering visitors a chance to visit on a Thursday until 7pm.

Reviews

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.

 

Reviews

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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Palace Green Library is open Monday-Sunday between 10am-5pm, with late-night opening until 7pm on Thursdays (excluding Barker Research Library). We will be closed on Friday 3 June for the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday.

Cosin’s Library is open Wednesday to Sunday between 11am-3pm, plus Bank Holidays (excluding Platinum Jubilee, Christmas and New Year).

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

You can pre-book a timeslot to visit Cosin’s Library or to visit during our Thursday late-night opening.

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.

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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