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Our services: Using the Library: Facilities

The Bill Bryson Library is our main University Library, and you will find a fantastic range of resources to support your studies. Library staff are always on hand to help you find your way around and answer your enquiries, and our Virtual Enquiry Desk is available to you during your time in the Library.

Some facilities are currently not available due to Covid-19 restrictions and we will be operating at reduced capacity, which we are looking to increase over the coming months.

  • Socially distanced study spaces, with planned increased capacity in the coming months
  • Networked PCs including scanning and printing facilities  

  • Facilities for students with disabilities  

  • Our café, Small Island Coffee, is located on Level 2 of the Library. The café is open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-3pm, and you will need to pre-order items on a click and collect basis.Orders are only available if you have booked a timeslot to visit the Library for Browse and Borrow or Stay and Study.
  • Self-service laptop loans (as of 15 October)

Services that are currently unavailable:

  • Group Study Rooms (currently, we are unable to take group bookings in the Bill Bryson Library - household bookings are available at the Teaching and Learning Centre)

For more details about available study spaces and how to book them, see our study space guide.

Printing and Photocopying

Where are the printing/copying facilities in the Library?

Bill Bryson Library - there is a print zone on Level 2.

ISC Library, Stockton - there is a print zone opposite the staff desk.

How do I pay for photocopying and printing?

Durham University members need to have credits on their CIS account. You can check your balance and top-up with a credit/debit card online (minimum payment £1) here or using the cash kiosks in the Bill Bryson Library. The cash kiosks accept coins and notes; minimum top-up is £0.05p.

How much does it cost?

The basic charges are, per side:

  • A4 monochrome: 5p

  • A4 colour: 20p

  • A3 monochrome: 10p

  • A3 colour: 40p

For full details and to add print credit, see the CIS purchasing page.

How many pages of a book can I photocopy or scan?

Durham University holds a license with the Copyright Licensing Agency. Under copyright law, you are permitted to copy one chapter of a book, or 10% of the total pages of a book, whichever is greater. Please familiarize yourself with copyright regulations for photocopying; these are displayed on the wall beside the machines.

Book Scanner

The Book Scanner offers an alternative to the Bill Bryson Library’s photocopiers. The Book Scanner means students won’t need to wait for a PC with a scanner to become available in our busy computer rooms and visitors to the Bill Bryson Library who don’t have access to the University’s Networked PC Service will also be able to use it.

Copying using the Book Scanner is subject to copyright restrictions. Full details are available on the Copyright Licencing Agency website.

Greenspace’s Carbon Ring-Fenced Fund has funded the purchase of the Book Scanner to reduce carbon emissions. The scanner uses significantly less energy than the photocopiers and uses no paper or toner. To find out more about Greenspace, visit: