Palace Green Library

Palace Green Library, in the heart of Durham city, holds Durham University's special collections. Our galleries are open to all and display treasures spanning millennia and the globe.


Family activities

Every weekend, we offer drop in family activities from 1pm - 3pm, free with your admission ticket to our exhibitions!



Palace Green Library runs regular group events, such as Little Bookworms for the under 5s, our monthly Book Club and exclusive events for the Friends of Palace Green Library.


Palace Green Library Book Club

Palace Green Library Book Club meets on the last Tuesday of every month from 5pm - 6pm in the Learning Centre.

The book is decided month by month as we fit around what our members are enjoying! We read books based around Palace Green Library's exhibitions and the Oriental Museum’s collections. As well as literature surrounding our temporary exhibitions.

Occasionally, we also offer sessions for members looking at archival material from 4pm - 5pm before the normal Book Club meeting in the Learning Centre. This includes looking at the special collections, new galleries, handling collections and occasionally a craft activity.

The Palace Green Library Book Club appeals to people who want new experiences, enjoys conversations about the literature, want the chance to learn about the collections at Durham University and the opportunity to meet new people in and around Durham. Cake and biscuits are at the heart of every meeting!

To join the Book Club, email us to be added to the Book Club mailing list. Alternatively, information is at our reception desk and we can contact you via telephone or post.



Opening Times


12:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 17:00


10:00 - 17:00



Find us

Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham DH1 3RN

0191 334 2932