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Galleries and libraries


The Wolfson Gallery

The Wolfson Gallery is located on the first floor of Palace Green Library. The Gallery opened in 2011 after undergoing a £2.3m refurbishment, funded in part by a £500,000 donation from the Wolfson Foundation. The Wolfson Gallery is designed to safely exhibit our collections to the highest standards of conservation.

The Dennyson Stoddart and History of the Book Galleries

These galleries are located on the ground floor of Palace Green Library. The opening of the Dennyson Stoddart Gallery in the Summer of 2012 was a milestone in the University’s £10 million development project at Palace Green Library. It was in the History of the Book Gallery that the Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert's Bible - the earliest surviving European book complete with its original binding - were displayed in an award-winning exhibition visited by more than 100,000 people in Summer 2013.

Bishop Cosin’s Library

The Library was founded by Bishop John Cosin in the 17th Century and was carefully conserved in 2011-2012. Please be aware that, for conservation purposes, there will be no access to Cosin's Library for visitors wearing high-heeled shoes.

Barker Research Library

In October 2013 full reading room services reopened at Palace Green Library in the splendidly refurbished Barker Research Library. It is located in a stunning extension to Palace Green Library constructed in 1968 to an accoladed design by George Pace. Built overlooking the river and on the line of the old castle wall, its latticed western wall floods the library with light, creating a warm and serene atmosphere in which to study. All Special Collections’ books and archives are available in the Research Library's Search Room, and the Local Studies and History of the Book collections have returned to open access to readers. All this is accessible Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. (The Search Room at 5 The College has reverted to opening three days per week, Wednesday to Fridays from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm for researchers into the Cathedral’s archive only.) Wireless network access is available for those pre-registered on Eduroam, or upon request.

Opening hours and admission

Palace Green Library is open daily 9am - 5pm. Please visit the Opening Hours page for information regarding opening times for Exhibitions, Barker Research Library and Courtyard Cafe.

Our new exhibition Catch your Breath opens on 24th November 2018. This exhibition is free of charge. Tickets are available on the door.


Adults Free
Concessions Free
Children (over 5) Free
Family (2 adults, 2 children) Free

Infants (under 5; up to 2 per full paying adult)

Carers Free
Groups (of 9 or more, price per person) Free