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Visit Cosin’s Library

Opening hours and admission

Cosin’s Library is open to the public from 13 April 2022 from Wednesday to Sunday between 11am and 3pm, and on Bank Holidays (except Platinum Jubilee, Christmas and New Year).

It is free to visit, and tickets can be booked via Eventbrite. If you are not able to make an online booking, please contact our reception desk in Palace Green Library on 0191 334 2932. Our visitor services team can then complete a booking on your behalf.

Cosin’s Library is part of Palace Green Library, which also houses the Museum of Archaeology and DLI Gallery. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Palace Green Library website.

If you are a researcher interested in accessing books from Cosin’s Library, please make an appointment to visit the Barker Research Library.

We look forward to welcoming you.

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.

Cosin’s Library is a historic building. From the reception area, there are several short staircases to access Cosin’s Library. Visitors have to descend 11 stairs down, followed by 4 steps up.

A portable hearing loop is available.

Please note: For conservation purposes we ask visitors not to wear high-heeled shoes and not to bring in or consume food and beverages whilst in the library. Thank you for your understanding.