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The Durham Light Infantry’s collection of over 3000 medals is currently on loan to Durham University and held at Palace Green Library.

Medals are not on display, but members of the public are able to view by appointment individual medals or groups of medals from the collection in the Barker Research Library within Palace Green Library. This facility is open to anyone, once they have registered with the Library, which involves completing a form and providing proof of identity.

The Barker Research Library's opening hours and details of how to make an appointment, and further information about using Special Collections at Palace Green Library can all be found on our Libraries and site information guide.

To find out more about the Medal collection and search or browse information by surname, see this online catalogue, published by Durham County Council.

For any other queries about the medal collection please contact or

DLI Collection Enquiries
Greenhills Business Park,
Enterprise Way,
DL16 6JB

Telephone: 03000 266 631


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Access to original sources

The collections mentioned above are located at Palace Green Library.  Our current opening hours are as follows, but see also below.

  • Monday to Friday: 10am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

For further information on visiting to use the collections, please use our enquiry form.

See separate Libraries and Site Information guide for further information on Palace Green Library.

Due to essential works, there will be a period of restricted access to the Archives and Special Collections throughout April and May. Details of opening times can be found in our Library Sites guide.  Appointments will be required for all visits during April and May, please use the enquiry form to book.  Please give three working days notice for appointments and include a full list of document references or shelfmarks so that we can best enable your research access.

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