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Visit Cosin’s Library, one of the earliest public libraries in the North East of England. Enjoy the splendour of this 17th century Library in the heart of Durham's World Heritage Site. Only available via pre-booked tour.

Cosin's Library interior

Penned and Printed

An exhibition of our Archives and Special Collections, telling hidden stories from the shelves and strongrooms.

Showcasing items from Durham University’s Archives and Special Collections, this exhibition explores themes of medical progress, local stories of crime and punishment, and the journey to women’s suffrage.

Penned and Printed Exhibition logo showing various items from Palace Green Library Special Collections

Online exhibitions

Explore our collections from home with our online exhibition programme.

Treasures of Palace Green Library

Highlights from more than the more books, medieval manuscripts and important and diverse archives cared for at the library.
Three people study a copy of Shakespeare’s first folio at Palace Green Library.

Journeys: Reading the World

Explore themes of travel, adventure and exploration using the rare books, diaries, maps and letters in Palace Green Library’s special collections.
Collage image of items included in the Journeys exhibition, including a giant from Gulliver’s Travels, a tourist with binoculars, Notre Dame Cathedral, a plane, a world map, three arctic explorers and an aeroplane.

Power, Politics, and Preservation: John Cosin and his Library

As Bishop of Durham after the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, John Cosin built a library on Palace Green for members of the local community.
Cosin’s Library interior. A wooden table in front of large wooden bookcases filled with historic books.
Magna Carta exhibition logo

Past exhibitions

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