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This page should redirect to our new Family History webpage within a few seconds. If it does not do so automatically, please follow this link for up to date information.

Many family and local historians already find our collections rich resources for their research, particularly as a supplement to the records held in the regional County Record offices. The Special Collections staff are very happy to help and advise with this work, or to direct enquirers to other archives. Records can be ordered and viewed in the search room at Palace Green Library, located at the heart of Durham city. Indexes are available in the search room and online through our catalogues.

Brief guide to family and local history resources (general guide to sources held by Durham University Library Special Collections)

Durham University Library Special Collections | Opening hours

Information for visitors, including document handling guidelines for visitors and a map.

Before your visit, if you have internet access, much preparatory exploration of our collections can be usefully done online (see below). Alternatively, email enquiries can be made to, or by calling 0191 334 2972, or writing to Special Collections, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN.

Online summaries for all of our archival collections are available. A series of informative thematic guides to our collections can also be downloaded.

This website is still being constructed and extended. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please drop us a line. You can contact the Archives and Special Collections by email, at, or by telephone on 0191 334 2972 (from outside the UK, dial +44 191 334 2972). Other contact details and visitor information are at our main website.