Palace Green Library

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Durham University Library Palace Green

  • Phone: 0191 334 2932

Founded in 1833 and occupying listed buildings within the Durham World Heritage site, the Palace Green Library of Durham University houses archives, early printed books and other special collections. The Wolfson Gallery 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. 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. We are open to anyone needing to consult our collections. New users will be required to fill out a short registration form. Two of the University Library's special collections, the Bishop Cosin's Library and the Sudan Archive, were awarded Designated Collection of national importance status in 2005 in the first round of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council Designation Scheme.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Museum of Archaeology (Term and Vacation) Monday 12.00-17.00 Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-17.00 Galleries (including DLI collection gallery) 10.00-17.00 daily (last entry 16.30)


Admission charges vary for temporary exhibitions. Please visit the website for up-to-date information. Admission to the Museum of Archaeology and The DLI Collection Gallery is FREE entry. Durham Castle Tours: Adults £5.00 Concessions/children £4.00 Children (5yrs and under) - FREE Family ticket £15.00 Durham University campus card holders FREE


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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Library
  • Library with public access
  • Research facilities for academics
  • Study facilities

Facilities information:

Wheelchair access to all public areas ,though subject to disruption from ongoing building work. Please check Library website: [email protected] or call 191 334 2932 on the day you intend to visit.


  • Academic publications and resources available
  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Direct teaching services for schools
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • General guide to collections available
  • Guided tours
  • Induction loops in exhibition spaces
  • Member of staff available with responsibility for education
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Public access available to collections information
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available
  • Teaching/resources available for HE/FE students
  • Touch exhibits

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