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Opening hours and admission

Cosin’s Library is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19.

Locations and directions

Cosin’s Library is a five minute walk from Durham Market Place in the city centre, and is located within the wider Palace Green Library complex. From the Market Place, turn on to Saddler Street and follow the road upwards. Turn onto Owengate, which is the first street on your right. Owengate leads onto Palace Green, the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Palace Green Library is on the far side of Palace Green. Follow the pathway around the green, past the entrance to Durham Castle. Palace Green Library is the building adjacent to Durham Castle on the left. You will find the entrance to Cosin’s Library inside.



Visitor parking is not available on Palace Green, but exceptions may be made for disabled customers and those with limited mobility. To enquire about disabled parking, please contact the Palace Green security office by telephone +44 (0)191 334 2222.

Please note that the Durham Road User Charge is in operation on the peninsula from 10am – 4pm, Monday to Saturday. For more information, visit the Durham County Council website.

Accessing Palace Green Library

Palace Green Library has been adapted wherever possible for wheelchair access. A platform lift from our main entrance to reception is available. From the reception area, visitors can access galleries on the ground floor, accessible toilets, the shop and Search Room. A platform lift takes visitors to the DLI Collection Gallery and the Wolfson Gallery on the first floor – see following notice.

Cosin’s Library is in one of our historic buildings. From the reception area, there are several short staircases to access Cosin’s Library. Visitors have to descend 11 stairs down, followed by two climbs of 4 or 5 stairs to reach the Library.

A portable hearing loop is available.

For conservation purposes, there will be no access to Cosin’s Library for visitors wearing high-heeled shoes.