Durham University Library

Last updated 17th April 2019
Name of library Durham University Library 
Address Stockton Road, Durham, DH1 3LY 
Telephone 0191 334 3042
Fax 0191 334 2971
E-mail main.library@durham.ac.uk 
Website http://www.dur.ac.uk/library/ 
Alternative names Bill Bryson Library; Palace Green Library 
Contact & Job Title Christine Purcell. Academic Liaison Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library To Support Teaching and Research in Durham University 
Terms of access Bona fide researchers may use the library. Regular external users need to register. Visitors may register as readers or borrowers (at a charge).

Staff and students from around 180 university and higher education institutions in the UK and Ireland may use our libraries as SCONUL Access visitors

Opening hours Bill Bryson Library termtime hours M-F 08:30 to midnight. Different times at weekends and during university vacation. See website for details.

Palace Green Library search room M-F 09:00 – 17:00. Exhibitions open at weekends also. See website for details

Disabled access Full disabled access at Bill Bryson Library. Palace Green Library has been adapted wherever possible for wheelchair access. See access information for visitors
Lending to other libraries & visitors Borrowing rights for external users costs £56 for 6 months, £88 for 12 months. We are also part of the UK Inter Library Loan scheme.
Number of volumes Theology –  ca 50,000 (excluding special collections)
Periodicals – Back Issues 300
Current Periodicals 130, mainly online 
Other materials Some CDs of sacred music. Extensive archives and Special Collections at Palace Green Library
Volumes added per year Theology – ca 1000
Coverage Biblical Studies, Patristics, Judaism and Asian religions, Dogmatic and Systematic Theology, Philosophy of Religion, Christian Ethics, Liturgy, Sociology of Religion and Church History. Also Early Christian Art and Archaeology. Special Collections are strong in 17th century controversial writings, Hymnology, and Quakers.
Special Collections Pratt Green Collection of Hymnology (ca 3,000 items), Sunderland Society of Friends (ca 880 books by and about Quakers), Cremation Society Archive, Bishop Cosin’s Library includes much 16th and 17th Century theology, Routh Collection and others also include theology
Manuscripts Durham Priory and, Post-Dissolution, Cathedral records. Diocesan and Episcopal records, chiefly 18th – 20th Century. See website for more information.
Research resource Hymnology, Old Testament studies, Judaism, Society of Friends, Early Christian art and archaeology, 17th Century materials.
Catalogue Type online
URL of catalogue http://library.dur.ac.uk/ 
Other facilities Photocopying, scanning, limited visitor internet access
Full Time Staff 150 full and part-time
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library  With Durham Cathedral Library and Ushaw Library we are part of the Durham Residential Research Library