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Opening hours

Palace Green Library is open with free entry to visitors.


Opening hours

Monday - Sunday


Museum of Archaeology and DLI Gallery


You can now visit on a Thursday evening until 7pm - please see the events page to book.

Christmas and New Year Opening Hours 2022/23

24-27 December Closed

28-30 December Open 11:00-16:00*

31 December - 2 January Closed

3 January Normal opening hours resume

*Barker Research Library open for study space only

Reception and shop

The Palace Green Library reception desk and shop are usually open 10am - 5pm daily.

The Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library

Use our Search Room service to access to Durham University's archives and special collections. Readers are encouraged to make an appointment.


Opening hours

Monday - Friday

10am - 5pm

Saturday - Sunday


Wednesday Search Room closures: between 20 April and 15 June (inclusive) the Search Room will be closed on Wednesdays

Search Room at 5 The College

5 The College offers access by appointment to Durham Cathedral Archives and related collections. Access to the Search Room is by appointment only at present.


Opening hours

Wednesday - Thursday


Friday - Tuesday


Please note, appointments may not be available for 2-17 June but additional opening in late May and June may be possible. Please contact us before planning your visit.