5 The College is a Grade II Listed Building within the cathedral close (called 'The College' in Durham). It is home to the Durham Cathedral Archive and other collections.
Currently, pre-booked access to the archive collections is available for Durham University staff and students only.
Access is strictly by appointment
Appointments are normally available for the following days:
5 The College
Tel: +44 (0)191 334 1210
During the Epiphany term and Easter vacation 2021, on-site access to the Archives and Special Collections is available for members of Durham University on an essential access only basis. You will need to make an appointment, for which please see separate information on Visiting us in person.
Please see our separate guide to reprographics services, if you are unable to visit in person.
At this stage, we do not have capacity to accommodate volunteers.
We hope to be able to welcome you back soon and thank you for your patience in the meantime.
All colleagues, students, visitors, contractors and members of the public are required to wear a face covering inside all University buildings (unless an individual is exempt from wearing one due to a medical condition). As of 5 January 2021, this has included when seated at a study desk.
All other safety measures should also continue to be followed, including social distancing measures of 2 metres.
Please review the World Health Organisation’s guidance on the safe use of face coverings
The building is within the Cathedral Close (called ‘The College’) located on the south side of the cathedral. Number 5 is at the left side of the main terrace of houses.
Access to The College is through an archway on North Bailey, just before you reach St John’s College
We are at number 17 on the Durham City map or can be found by searching for DH1 3EQ on Google Maps.
There are steps at the front of the building and our archives search room is located on the first floor with no lift access. If no lift access would cause difficulties for you, please mention this when making an appointment and we can make alternative arrangements to access the collections stored here.
An Access Guide is available from the AccessAble website.