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What's Here


Palace Green Library houses Durham University's archives, early printed books and other special collections. There are:

  • Over 70,000 books printed before 1850 including 300 incunables
  • Over 100 Medieval manuscripts
  • 3,400 metres of archives and artefacts
  • Over 30,000 maps and prints and 100,000 photographs

Palace Green Library is home to a number of historic libraries and contemporary galleries.

Durham University also holds special collections at the Oriental Museum and the Museum of Archaeology.

Find out more about our collections and search the catalogues


Tithe maps provide a valuable source for many types of research enquiry. We look this month at one example, that of Washington township in County Durham, a settlement that has seen great change since its designation as a new town in 1964. Thanks to the work of the Special Collections digitisation team and a dedicated team of volunteers digital images of all the tithe maps and apportionments are now freely available online, and transcriptions of each of the apportionments is also available upon request.

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Harold MacMichael joined the Sudan Political Service in 1905 and spent the next three decades in the Sudan, before his career took him to Tanganyika and Palestine. His diaries and papers offer fascinating insights into colonial and Sudanese culture, and the administrative training of the period, and include material on the 1916 Darfur campaign and the Paris Peace Conference.

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