All the material held here is for reference use only. Access is available for those using the collections.
For more information on our collections, please see the Archives and Special Collections guide.
Opening times (Study Spaces):
Opening times (Search Room):
For research access to the Archives and Special Collections, please contact us to make an appointment.
Barker Research Library
Palace Green Library
Tel: 0191 334 2972
A small number of non-bookable, individual study spaces are available in the Barker Research Library for silent study.
Please be aware that due to the nature of the collections within the library, no food or drink is allowed.
For information on study spaces available elsewhere across campus, please see our Study Spaces Guide.
On-site access to the Archives and Special Collections is available for members of Durham University and external researchers. If you have not visited us this academic year, you will need to make an appointment, for which please see separate information on Visiting us in person.
Our exhibition galleries, including the Museum of Archaeology and DLI Collection Gallery, are now open with free entry to visitors. Please note, due to capacity restrictions within the galleries, there may be a short wait during busier times. If you wish to access the collections for research purposes, please contact us to make an appointment.
Cosin’s Library is now open to the public after being closed for several years to carry out essential conservation work. Having now been completed, the library and its collections are now more accessible and enjoyable than ever before. Please visit Palace Green Library Exhibitions : Your Visit - Durham University for more information and to pre-book a timeslot.
We continue to develop new online exhibitions, events and learning resources for users to engage with from anywhere in the world.
Food and drink is not permitted in the Barker Research Library. There is no cafe or refreshment facilities on site. However, there are plenty of coffee shops and cafes nearby.
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.
Please see our Accessibility and Support Guide for further information.