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Courtyard Cafe

The Courtyard Café

2014 marked the end of our four-year building programme. The Courtyard Café provides facilities for all of our visitors to try our delicious cake, coffee and quiche... all with a Cathedral view!

Food and drink

Apart from the facilities provided by the Courtyard Café, Palace Green Library operates a no food and drink policy to protect our manuscripts and historic buildings.

Durham city offers a wide variety of other places to eat and drink. For more information, visit the This is Durham website.


Toilets (including an accessible toilet) are located near the reception area on the ground floor.

The Shop

Visit the Palace Green Library shop during your visit and discover a beautiful range of gifts, souvenirs and publications inspired by our exhibitions and collections.

You can also purchase Durham University merchandise in the Durham University shop.

Learning Centre

Our Learning Centre is designed for teaching, schools and other community groups. The majority of Palace Green Library's events and activities are based in this room.


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