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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.

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What's On View All Events

Saturday, August 24, 2019

One of the taxidermy animals in our current exhibition is an owl! We would like you to create a Twit Twooing owl covered in beautiful feathers to take away with you. Which other birds can you see in our exhibition?

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

We need to help conserve our world for all of the creatures living here. Use recycled materials to make your own creature inspired by one of the animals in our exhibition Wild! Make them as weird, wonderful and wild as can be!

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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.

 

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 daily 9am - 5pm. Please visit the Opening Hours page for information regarding opening times for Exhibitions, Barker Research Library and Courtyard Cafe.

The DLICollection Gallery and Museum of Archaeology are free entry.

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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