The Library was originally founded by Bishop John Cosin in the 17th Century. Palace Green Library served as the University’s main library for 150 years before focusing on archival and special collections in the 1980s. Today, Palace Green Library is a place for visitors and researchers to explore both the University’s treasures and collections from around the world.
Archives and Special Collections
Alongside our historic libraries and contemporary galleries, Palace Green Library houses Durham University's archives, early printed books and other special collections.