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About Us

University Library

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.

Palace Green Library History

From 1699 to the present day, discover how Palace Green Library has developed through the centuries by exploring our timeline.

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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.

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Don't miss

Hell, Heaven and Hope: A Journey through life and the afterlife with Dante

2 December 2017 - 18 March 2018


Courage, Comrades, Community

Family activities

Every weekend



Propose an Exhibition

Download our documents to submit a proposal for an exhibition at Palace Green Library.