Historic Libraries & Archives at Palace Green Library
Plan Your Visit
Find out everything you need to know to get the most from our visit: how to find us, opening times and more. Plus, everything you need to know if you or anyone in your group has any special needs or requirements.
Palace Green Library will be closed Monday 17 April due to essential maintenance work taking place. There will be no access to the Historic Libraries. Any queries, please contact us by email firstname.lastname@example.org
History of the collections
Find out more about how our collections were created and found their way to the University.
Bishop Cosin and his LibraryInnovative, revolutionary and ambitious; perhaps not traits many associate with librarians, but John Cosin, Bishop of Durham, was all of these.
Sharp Family of BamburghAn extraordinary family of clergymen, politicians, lawyers, surgeons, industrialists, and philanthropists who created the Bamburgh Library.
Martin RouthBefore the University was gifted Cosin’s Library, Routh’s collection of 15,000 volumes was its most significant early printed book collection.
Bishop Cosin and his Library
Sharp Family of Bamburgh
Palace Green Library is not one, but a collection of buildings. Explore the story of the evolution of the site and the buildings.
Using our collections
We welcome anyone who wishes to study our collections. Find out more about searching our collections online and how to make a research appointment.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor CentreFind out everything you need to know to make the most of your visit to Durham.
Durham CastleSitting at the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site and occupied continuously since the 11th century.
Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre