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Our services: Libraries and site information: 5 The College

An overview of our libraries

5 The College is a Grade II Listed Building within the cathedral close (called 'The College' in Durham).  It is home to the Durham Cathedral Archive and other collections.

Access to the archive collections is available.

Opening Times and Contact Details

Access is strictly by appointment

Appointments are normally available for the following days:

  • Wednesday: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
  • Thursday: 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm
  • Friday: normally closed, except by advance arrangement
  • Other days: closed

There will be some changes to opening days from 30th May to 1st July. Please enquire for details.

5 The College

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1210 

Ask DULib

Contact us through our enhanced virtual enquiry desk, Ask DULib. Search our FAQs, email us, or chat with a librarian. 
Ask DULib is available to all students, staff and users.

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5 The College DH1 3EQ, view of building

How to access 5 The College

On-site access to the Archives and Special Collections is available for members of Durham University and external researchers.  You will need to make an appointment, for which please see separate information on Visiting us in person.  Social distancing is being maintained and limited spaces are available.

Please see our separate guides to reprographics services and to accessing the collections virtually, if you are unable to visit in person.

For information on the collections that are managed at 5 The College, see:

Visit Us

University members and visitors are strongly recommended to wear face coverings in University buildings, including the Library, and when in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet.

During your visit, please follow the safety measures we have in place and be considerate of other users. 

The building is within the Cathedral Close (called ‘The College’) located on the south side of the cathedral. Number 5 is at the left side of the main terrace of houses. 

  • Access to The College is through an archway on North Bailey, just before you reach St John’s College 

  • We are at number 58 on the Durham City map or can be found by searching for DH1 3EQ on Google Maps. 

There is no car parking available for our visitors within The College.  

There are steps at the front of the building and our archives search room is located on the first floor with no lift access. If no lift access would cause difficulties for you, please mention this when making an appointment and we can make alternative arrangements to access the collections stored here. 

An Access Guide is available from the AccessAble website.