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Winter Vacation Offer: Overview

Whether you are staying in Durham or spending the Christmas vacation period elsewhere, we will continue to support your studies and wellbeing.

Explore this guide to find details of Bill Bryson Library opening times, study space availability in Durham and online support.

Library book loans

Items that you borrow will renew automatically every three weeks for 12 months, as long as they haven’t been reserved by another user. If an item has been reserved, this stops the automatic renewal, and you will need to arrange to return them, either using our bookdrop facility if you're in Durham or our free postal returns service. For more information, visit our Borrow from us guide.

If you have books you've finished with, please return them to the Library before you leave Durham. Our bookdrop facility next to the main entrance at Bill Bryson Library will be open throughout the Christmas period. 

Virtual Enquiry Desk, Ask DULib

You can contact our Virtual Enquiry Desk, Ask DULib, where Library staff will be available for live chat or to reply to messages and emails until 6pm on Thursday 22 December.

During the vacation period, you can live chat with our out-of-hours service and check our FAQs at any time.

Study Spaces at your College

Many colleges have their own libraries, which are managed independently from the University’s main library. The college libraries provide study space as well as information resources, which can be found by searching our library catalogue, Discover.

For more details and opening hours, visit the links through our College Libraries Guide.

Search Discover for ebooks and online articles


Bill Bryson Library opening times

Opening times

  • 24/7 opening until Friday 2 June (including Easter weekend and all bank holidays in May)

Staffed services available:

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

Durham University Library  
Stockton Road  
DH1 3LY  
United Kingdom  

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