Durham University's Archives and Special Collections are held within the Barker Research Library, located in the historic Palace Green Library complex on Durham’s World Heritage Site. The Library is bright and airy, making for a peaceful place to study and work.
Currently, pre-booked access is available for Durham University staff and students only. All the material held here is for reference use only.
For more information on our collections, please see the Archives and Special Collections guide.
Access is strictly by appointment
Monday - Friday: 10am-4pm
Saturday - Sunday: Closed
Barker Research Library
Palace Green Library
Tel: 0191 334 2972
Food and drink is not permitted in the Barker Research Library. There is no cafe or refreshment facilities on site. However, there are plenty of coffee shops and cafes nearby.
During the Easter term 2021, on-site access to the Archives and Special Collections is available for members of Durham University only. 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.
Unfortunately, we are unable to offer study spaces at Barker Research Library at this time.
For information on study spaces available elsewhere, please see our Study Spaces Guide.
Our exhibition galleries, including the Museum of Archaeology and DLI Collection Gallery, are currently closed to walk-in visitors.
Meanwhile, we continue to develop new online exhibitions, events and learning resources for users to engage with from anywhere in the world.
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). This includes 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
Please see our Accessibility and Support Guide for further information.