What’s On at the Historic Libraries
Book a Visit
Visit Cosin’s Library, one of the earliest public libraries in the North East of England. Enjoy the splendour of this 17th century Library in the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site. Only available via pre-booked tour.
Penned and Printed
An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.
Showcasing items from Durham University’s Archives and Special Collections, this exhibition explores themes of medical progress, local stories of crime and punishment, and the journey to women’s suffrage.
Explore our collections from home with our online exhibition programme.
As Bishop of Durham after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, John Cosin built a library on Palace Green for members of the local community.