Whether you are starting your University journey with us this year, returning to campus to continue your studies or completing your studies online, we are looking forward to working with you and supporting you during your time with Durham University.
Within this guide, you'll find lots of information about accessing our libraries and study spaces and the support services we have available to you. If you're new to the Library, you can visit our Getting started with the Library guide for lots of helpful information.
Throughout the year, all services and procedures will be kept under review and revised in line with Government and University guidance to ensure we can operate safely for everyone, while still providing high levels of service to support you with your studies. Please keep an eye on University Library and Collections website and social media accounts for any updates.
Watch our video below to hear from Liz Waller, University Librarian and Director of University Library and Collections, as she welcomes you all and explains a little about what to expect from us this year.
We're here to support you with your learning throughout your time at Durham and to help you get the most out of the services and resources we have to offer. We provide:
access to our extensive collections of printed items, mediaeval manuscripts, maps, photographs, objects and artworks, as well as online resources including ebooks, ejournals and databases.
specialist subject support from our Faculty Librarians.
access to study spaces and facilities including printing, photocopying, PCs and scanning.
support and information from our friendly staff through our Virtual Enquiry Desk.
We've made some adjustments to make sure everyone is safe when visiting us, but we're committed to developing our services and continuing to support you in your studies, whether you're able to visit us in person or not.
We have a wide range of online resources available - you can browse over 500,000 ebooks and around 25,000 ejournals, ensuring you can access the information you need online.
You can visit our libraries to browse the shelves or to study without making a booking, although we do have a number of pre-bookable study spaces available at Bill Bryson Library.
For students who are studying online and not currently living in a DH postcode, postal loans, postal returns and scan and deliver services are available to help you access the resources you need.
Research access at Barker Research Library (at Palace Green Library), 5 The College, Ushaw College and Oriental Museum is available by pre-booked appointment.
Our Discover database enables you to search most of our library, museum and special collections in one place. You can directly access our extensive range of ejournals and ebooks and view high quality scanned images of some of the objects in our museums and archives collections.
You will have an online reading list for each module. This will direct you to your essential reading and, in many cases, link directly to an electronic copy.
The Bill Bryson Library (often referred to as the Billy B) is our main University Library, and you will find a fantastic range of resources to support your studies. Staff are always on hand to help and our Virtual Enquiry Desk is available to you to contact our friendly team online.
Our Archives and Special Collections are held within the Barker Research Library, located in the historic Palace Green Library. The Library is bright and airy, making for a peaceful place to study and work.
Visit our webpages for more information.
The International Study Centre (ISC) Library is for use by ISC students and staff at Queen's Campus, Stockton and can be found on level 2 of the Ebsworth Building.
Located within the main School of Education building, Leazes Road Study Space provides additional study facilities that are conveniently located for those living in the Gilesgate area and members of Hild Bede College.
The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC) is a short distance from the Bill Bryson Library and provides space for independent study. Space for both individual and group study is available and you can contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk if you require any support.
Situated in the Durham University Business School is the Business School Study Space with a reference collection of core texts. This facility is only available to Business School students and study spaces must be pre-booked with the School.
From 27 September, you don’t need to book a timeslot to browse the shelves or for individual study spaces for any of our sites - all you'll need is your campus card. We have a mixture of bookable and non-bookable individual study spaces available at Bill Bryson Library - if you do wish to book a space, please visit our Space Bookings system.
What we're doing
The safety of our users and staff is our priority. Our current practices are in place to maintain reassurance and comfort for users and staff to ensure an enjoyable experience.
What we need you to do
Please follow all our safety measures when you visit us:
If you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have received a positive test result, you should self-isolate, book a Covid-19 test and inform the University - you must not visit the Library. Please visit our webpages for full details.
Plan and manage your independent study time
Planning your study time is really beneficial and can help you manage your studies and ensure you still have time for yourself. If you choose to, you can pre-book a study space at the Bill Bryson Library or you can drop in at any of our study spaces whenever you have some free time.
Develop your skills
We have a range of tutorials, videos, webinars and guides to help you to get the most out of our resources, and to develop the skills you need to succeed in your studies. Visit our webpages to find out more.
If you have any queries at all, please get in touch! We're here to help and to provide support in getting the most out of our resources for your studies. You can contact us through our Virtual Enquiry Desk, Ask DULib or contact your Faculty Librarian. You can speak to any member of the library team in the library and they'll point you in the right direction.
Keep up to date
Check our website regularly for news and updates to services and opening times. You can also follow us on social media, where you might even get the odd sighting of our mascot, Billy Bee...