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Our services: Libraries and site information: Bill Bryson Library

An overview of our libraries

The Bill Bryson Library is our main University Library, and you will find a fantastic range of resources to support your studies. Library staff are always on hand to help you find your way around and answer your enquiries, and our Virtual Enquiry Desk is available to you during your time in the Library or when working offsite.

Essential maintenance work – restricted access to areas 

Due to various essential maintenance works being completed at Bill Bryson Library from Monday 13 December, there will be restricted access to a number of areas in the building. Visit our website for full details.

Opening Times and Contact Details

From Monday 4 October 2021:

  • 22/7 opening (8am-6am, seven days a week)

Saturday 11 December - Thursday 23 December:

  • Monday-Friday between 8am-10pm 
  • Saturday-Sunday between 9am-10pm
  • Closes at 6pm on Thursday 23 December 2021 (no access to Level 4 book stock from 6pm on Wednesday 22 December)

Winter Vacation closure:

  • Friday 24 December - Monday 3 January
  • Reopens 8am on Tuesday 4 January 2022 

Tuesday 4 January - Sunday 9 January 2022:

  • Monday-Friday between 8am-10pm 
  • Saturday-Sunday between 9am-10pm

From Monday 10 January 2022:

  • 22/7 opening (8am-6am, seven days a week)

Durham University Library  
Stockton Road  
DH1 3LY  
United Kingdom  

Tel: +44 (0)191 334 3042
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 2971 

Using the Bill Bryson Library

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.

Ask DULib, Library Help

The Bill Bryson Library is on the Lower Mountjoy site on Stockton Road, across the road from Whitechurch and next door to the Palatine Centre.  Use the postcode DH1 3LY if using a SatNav or GPS.  
To access the Bill Bryson Library, scan your Campus Card barcode on the access gates.  
There is no visitor car parking, except for disabled parking bays near the entrance. There are bike sheds available.  
Access is on level ground via a power-assisted door. There are disabled parking bays near the main entrance, adjacent to the Geography building.
For more information on parking, please call 0191 334 6002 or email prior to your visit. There is a card-operated accessible gate. There are two lifts available within the building.  

Please see our Accessibility and Support Guide for further information.

All visitors are required to wear a face covering when moving around our buildings and study spaces or speaking to someone (unless you are exempt). 

In addition, to maintain reassurance and comfort of all our users, we have identified some areas within the Bill Bryson Library where face coverings are required to be worn at all times, including when seated (unless exempt). These areas are: 

  • Level 1: North, South and East Wing (non-bookable)
  • Level 2: East Wing (non-bookable)
  • Level 3: East Wing (non-bookable)
  • Level 4: East Wing (bookable)
  • Room 404 (bookable – PG students only)

During your visit, please follow the safety measures we have in place and be considerate of other users. For any queries regarding our spaces, please contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk, Ask DULib.

Please review the World Health Organisation’s guidance on the safe use of face coverings.

Please follow our current safety measures during your time in the building.

From Monday 27 September, you won’t need to book a timeslot to browse the shelves or for individual study spaces for any of our sites. We will have a mixture of bookable and non-bookable individual study spaces available at Bill Bryson Library - please see our Study Spaces Guide for full details.


Small Island Coffee is located on Level 2 of Bill Bryson Library and offers a range of sandwiches, salads, drinks and snacks. You can pop in to buy items during your time in the Library (as of 4 October 2021) or you can pre-order your items on a click and collect basis. Please see Small Island Coffee webpages for current opening times.

Please remember to clean as you go during your time in the building and place all rubbish in the bins provided. 

Winter Vacation opening times:

Date Opening times
Friday 10 December 8am - 6pm 
Saturday 11 - Sunday 12 December 11am - 4pm
Monday 13 – Friday 17 December 9am - 4pm
Saturday 18 - Sunday 19 December CLOSED
Monday 20 - Tuesday 21 December 9am - 4pm
Wednesday 22 December 9am - 3pm
Thursday 23 December CLOSED until January 2022

Vending machines will be available throughout the period.

Visitors are usually very welcome. However, we are still operating at restricted capacities and unfortunately are unable to welcome visitors at this time.  

Please visit our webpages for updates.

Keep up to date

Keep up to date by following our library social media accounts: