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Cosin’s Library Project

What is the Cosin’s Library Project?

Located on Palace Green at the heart of Durham City, Cosin’s Library is one of the oldest public libraries to survive in the North East. Originally based on Bishop Cosin’s collection of books, it has since grown, but is still largely found within the building constructed to hold this collection.

Following extensive conservation work, Cosin’s Library reopened in 2022. Arts Council England awarded funding to improve access to the Library and its collections to the wider public.

How does it work?

There’s lots of ways to find out more about Cosin’s Library through the project website. Here you can find an online exhibition about Cosin himself and how his library came to be, resources for learners of all ages and online tours of this amazing space!

Audience impact

Through project funding, a range of audiences were engaged with the collection via online workshops, resources for school groups, adult learners and volunteers, and Cosin’s Library Fellowship posts, encouraging new research into the collection. 

Get involved

Come and visit this freshly-restored and amazing hidden gem of Durham. Or, you can still engage with a variety of online resources available on the project website.