Visiting the libraries

How to find us

Located in the historic city of Durham in the North East of England, Durham Residential Research Library has strong transport links for both national and international visitors.

Please visit each institutions website for more information on visiting

Opening times

Barker Research Library at Palace Green Library

Monday–Friday, 9.00am–5.00pm

More information about visiting Palace Green Library

Durham Cathedral Library

By appointment only

More information about visiting Durham Cathedral

The Oriental Museum

Monday–Friday, 10.00am–5.00pm

Saturday–Sunday, 12.00pm–5.00pm

Bank Holidays, 12.00pm–5.00pm

More information about visiting The Oriental Museum

Ushaw Search Room

Monday–Friday, 10.00am–4.00pm

More information about visiting Ushaw

Public exhibitions

Durham University

Durham University hosts exhibitions open to all showcasing the school’s prestigious collections. The diverse exhibits continue to fascinate and educate visitors.

Durham Cathedral

The diverse exhibits displayed within the cathedral’s open spaces provide glimpses into England’s religious past. The collections continue to fascinate and inspire the many guests Durham Cathedral receives each year.

Ushaw House & Chapels

Ushaw College showcases distinctive exhibitions in its historic halls. Displays capture the heritage of this 19th century Catholic seminary while highlighting contemporary artists. The exhibitions at Ushaw offer an inviting glimpse into an evolving legacy.

Ushaw café

The Refectory, which at one time would have fed all the boys and men who lived at the College, now houses Ushaw's tearoom.

The hall houses some of the most stunning architecture in the North-East, with beautiful tiles and Victorian hand-crafted tables. Although the technology has changed through the years, Divines Tearoom in the Refectory, offers a variety of the most sumptuous and delightful meals.

The tearoom is open from 11am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday. It offers a variety of lunches, both hot and cold, as well as tea and coffee, with a selection of soft drinks and ice-creams also available.