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The Durham University Library was founded on January 1833 at Palace Green by a 160 volume donation by the then Bishop, William Van Mildert. Durham University Library is the centrally-administered library of Durham University in England and now holds over 1 1/2 million books. The University Library comprises four separate libraries: Pemberton Building, Abbey House (Theology Department) and Cathedral, all facing onto Palace Green Palace Green is a small area of grass in the centre of Durham in England, flanked by Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. ... William Van Mildert (1765–1836) was the last Prince-Bishop of Durham (1826–1836), and one of the founders of the University of Durham. ... Affiliations 1994 Group, European University Association, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, Universities UK, N8 Group, Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ...

  • Main Library
  • Education Library
  • Palace Green Library
  • Queen's Campus Library

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Pemberton Building, Abbey House (Theology Department) and Cathedral, all facing onto Palace Green Palace Green is a small area of grass in the centre of Durham in England, flanked by Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle. ...

History

Cosin's Library

After the donation by Bishop William Van Mildert, a suitable location to house the library's stock had to be founded and thus a gallery had to be constructed onto the Cosin's Library (a Diocesan library founded in 1669 by Bishop John Cosin located on Palace Green) in 1834. The original Cosin's library is still located at Palace Green and along with its collection of medieval manuscripts and early printed books became under the trusteeship of the University Library in 1937. John Cosin (November 30, 1594 - January 15, 1672) was an English churchman. ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... A manuscript (Latin manu scriptus written by hand), strictly speaking, is any written document that is put down by hand, in contrast to being printed or reproduced some other way. ... In common law legal systems, a trust is a relationship in which a person or entity (the trustee) has legal control over certain property (the trust property or trust corpus), but is bound by fiduciary duty to exercise that legal control for the benefit of someone else (the beneficiary), according...


Cosin's Library is a grade one listed building and is located in an UNESCO World heritage site. The internal architecture and decoration are also of international importance. The original portrait pannels located above the bookshelves were painted by Jan Baptist van Eerssell in 1668-9, futher portraits hang in the library including half portraits of English statesmen. Nearly three hundred years later a former University Librarian, David Ramage, completed Cosin's original plan for the library by painting further portarit pannels for the smaller room added in 1670-71. Buckingham Palace, a Grade I listed building. ... UNESCO logo UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 State... The term statesman is a respectful term used to refer to diplomats, politicians, and other notable figures of state. ...


In October 2005, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council designated the collections in Cosin's Library as having an "outstanding national and international significance". The Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) is a government-funded body (a national development agency) in the United Kingdom with a remit in the area of museums, libraries and archives. ...


Additional bequeathed or donated collections during the 1850s (most notably by Dr Martin Joseph Routh in 1854, Bishop Edward Maltby in 1856 and Dr Thomas Mastermann Winterbottom in 1859) led to a further expansion of the library, with the upper two floors of the Exchequer Building (former Bishoprick Law Courts from 1450) being occupied. As the library's stock further expaned more space was gradually needed with a nineteenth-century lecture block eventually becoming part of the Library, and an extension to the Palace Green Library in 1966 being needed to provided a reading room and a new space for the University Library.


Recent History

The University Library has undergone many developments since the 1980s, with the first online circulation system being introduced in 1983, the Main Library won a SCONUL Library Design Award in 1988 and the online cataloguing of the library's stock beginning in 1990. In 1996 the Durham University Library also joined the Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles.


In the succeeding years the University Library was expanded further with an extension of the main library in 1997 and also became the first library in 1998 to incorporate non-roman scripts into its electronic catalogue system. Further in 2004, the Durham Cathedral Library became part of the University Library's management system for circulation and lending. Durham Cathedral silhouetted against the sunset Durham Cathedral from nearby The Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. ...


List of past Librarians

  • 1832-1834 - The Revd Patrick George
  • 1834-1855 - The Revd Charles Thomas Whitley
  • 1856-1858 - The Revd Robert Healey Blakey
  • 1858-1864 - The Revd Henry Frederick Long
  • 1865-1868 - The Revd Francis Frederick Walrond
  • 1869-1873 - The Revd Thomas Forster Dodd
  • 1873-1901 - The Revd Joseph Thomas Fowler
  • 1901-1934 - Mr Edward Vazeille Stocks
  • 1934-1945 - Mr Henry Waldo Acomb
  • 1940-1943 - Miss Beatrice Thompson (Acting Librarian)
  • 1945-1967 - Mr David Goudie Ramage
  • 1967-1989 - Miss Agnes Maxwell McAulay
  • 1989- Present - Dr John Tristan Dalton Hall

Heritage, Research and Special Collections

As part of its collection, the library contains a wealth of printed and manuscript material with a particular wealth of material from the medieval period and the Middle East along with materials from the North East. These include: The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ...

  • Middle East and Islamic Studies collections: One of the most important collections in the UK, it contains over 50,000 monographs and over 2,500 periodicals covering the Ottoman Empire to ancient Mesopotamian archaeology to modern Persian literature.
  • The Sudan Archive: Set up in 1957 by a former lecturer contains private papers of British subjects living in Sudan during the Anglo-Egyptian Condomunium and the papers of Abbas Hilmi II, Khedive of Egypt 1892-1914. In 2005 the collection was accorded with designated status by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.
  • Bamburgh Library Deposit: Created in 1958, the collection holds some 8,500 manuscript and print titles, with 16 incunabula across a variety of subject areas. The collection was largley aquired during the mid-seventeenth and mid-eighteenth centuries by the Archbishop of York, John Sharp (1644-1714).
  • Quakerism Collection: Aquired in 1972 from the surviving collection of the Sunderland Preparative Meeting of the Society of Friends Library and contains approx. 880 printed volumes and a number of related manuscripts.
  • Basil Bunting Poetry Archive: Acquired in 1987 with grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Purchase Grant Fund. It is the most extensive collection in the UK of the work of Basil Bunting (1900-1985) and of material relating to him.
  • Pratt Green Collection: Is a collection founded in 1987 and contains an extensive aray of hymns and hymnology. The collection was with a gift from the Pratt Green Trustees and contains work from the distinguished hymn writer, The Reverend Dr Fred Pratt Green.
  • Malcolm MacDonald Papers: Papers covering the life of the former politician and Chancellor of the University.
  • Earl Grey collection: Contains extensive works and papers of the former Prime Minister.
  • Durham University Observatory Records: Contains the second longest meterological record in the UK from 1839-1953, also contains records of other local observatories.
  • Medieval Seals: The collection contains many Royal and ecclesiastic devices including Duncan I king of Scots, Henry III king of England, first great seal and the seal of Pope Martin IV.

Motto: دولت ابد مدت Devlet-i Ebed-müddet (The Eternal State) Anthem: Ottoman imperial anthem Borders in 1680, see: list of territories Capital Söğüt (1299-1326) Bursa (1326-1365) Edirne (1365-1453) Constantinople (Istanbul) (1453-1922) Language(s) Ottoman Turkish Government Monarchy Sultans  - 1281–1326 Osman I  - 1918–1922 Mehmed VI... This is an article about the ancient middle eastern region. ... Look up Persian in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Abbas Hilmi Pasha or Abbas II (Arabic: عباس حلمي باشا) (July 14, 1874 – 19 December 1944) was the last khedive of Egypt (January 8, 1892 – 1914). ... Khedive (from Persian for lord) was a title created in 1867 by the Ottoman Sultan Abd-ul-Aziz for the then-governor of Egypt, Ismail Pasha. ... Bamburgh Castle from the beach. ... A page from a rare Blackletter Bible (1497) printed in Strassburg by J.R.Grueninger. ... Basil Cheesman Bunting (March 3, 1900 – 1985) was a British modernist poet. ... Malcolm Ian Macdonald (born January 7, 1950, Fulham, England) was an English footballer always known as Supermac. Born in Fulham, London, Macdonald started out as a full back before switching to centre forward. ... The title Earl Grey was created in the Peerage of the United Kingdom in 1806 for General Sir Charles Grey. ... Seal on envelope A seal is an impression printed on, embossed upon, or affixed to a document (or any other object) in order to authenticate it, in lieu of or in addition to a signature. ... Duncan I Cæn-Mohr MacCrinan (1001 - August 14, 1040) was a son of Crinan the Thane de Mormaer, lay abbot of Dunkeld, and Princess Bethoc of Scotland. ... Rulers with the title Henry III include: Henry III of Champagne Henry III of England Henry III of France Henry III of Germany (later Henry II, Holy Roman Emperor) Henry III, Holy Roman Emperor Henry III of Navarre (later Henry IV of France) Henry III, Duke of Saxony (Henry the... Martin IV, né Simon de Brion (ca. ...

Partnerships

The University Library is a member of several organisation, including:

  • The Consortium of Research Libraries in the British Isles
  • The Association of European Research Libraries
  • The Middle East Libraries Committee (UK)
  • The North East Museums Libraries and Archives Council
  • Research Libraries Group
  • The Society of College, National, & University Libraries

The Research Libraries Group (RLG) is the U.S. library consortium that developed the Eureka interlibrary search engine. ...

See Also

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Miscellaneous: Academic Dress · People · Botanic Gardens · Images of Durham · University Library

This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A research library is a library which contains an in-depth collection of material on one or several subjects. ... Affiliations 1994 Group, European University Association, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, Universities UK, N8 Group, Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... Affiliations 1994 Group, European University Association, Association of MBAs, EQUIS, Universities UK, N8 Group, Association of Commonwealth Universities Website http://www. ... Collingwood College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... George Stephenson College is a college of the University of Durham in England, and one of two located at Queens Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, 37 km (23 miles) south of the city of Durham itself. ... Grey College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... For Hatfield Technical College please see University of Hertfordshire Hatfield College is a college of the University of Durham in England (the third oldest English university). ... John Snow College is a college of the University of Durham in England, and one of two located at Queens Campus in Stockton-on-Tees, 37 km (23 miles) south of the city of Durham itself. ... Josephine Butler College is the newest college at Durham University, having opened in October 2006. ... St Aidans College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Chads College main building looking north, with Durham Heritage Centre beyond St Chads College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Cuthberts Society, almost universally known as Cuths, is a college-level body of Durham University in England. ... The College of St Hild and St Bede, commonly known as Hild Bede, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Johns College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... St Marys College is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Trevelyan College, Durham Trevelyan College, affectionately known as Trevs, is a college of the University of Durham in northern England. ... University College, commonly known as Castle, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Ushaw College is a Roman Catholic seminary, founded at Douai in France in 1568, which moved to Ushaw Moor, four miles west of Durham in England in 1808 and became a Licensed Hall of the University of Durham in 1968. ... Ustinov College is the third largest college of Durham University. ... Van Mildert College, commonly known as Mildert, is a college of the University of Durham in England. ... Former colleges of Durham University are those colleges that have been part of Durham University, but have since folded or cancelled their association with Durham. ... The Durham University Business School (DBS) in Durham, UK, is the international business school of Durham University. ... The Institute of Advanced Study (IAS) is a research centre of the University of Durham. ... The Institute for Hazard and Risk Research (IHR2) is a reserach institute at the University of Durham. ... The Wolfson Research Institute is a purpose-built research building and research division of the University of Durham. ... Durham University Athletic Union is a student-run organisation responsible for sport at the University of Durham in Durham, England. ... The Durham University Centre of Cricketing Excellence is the full name of the unviersitys cricketing coaching centre, and the university cricket team when they participate in first class matches. ... Durham University Chamber Choir Durham Univeristy Chamber Choir Durham University Chamber Choir provides a high-quality music-making environment for the best singers in a university which boasts a rich choral tradition. ... Palatinate is the Durham University student newspaper. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Durham Revue Logo. ... The Durham Students Union is a body, set up as the Durham Colleges Students’ Representative Council in 1899 and renamed in 1969, with the intention of representing and providing welfare and services for the students of the University of Durham in Durham, England. ... The Durham Union Society is a debating society founded in 1842 by the students of the University of Durham. ... The Northumbrian Water University Boat Race is an annual event between the University of Durham Boat Club and the University of Newcastle Boat Club. ... The academic dress of the University of Durham is based fairly closely on that of Oxford, although its subfusc clothing follows the Cambridge style, with a few graduates wearing bands and white ties. ... The Durham University Botanic Garden is a botanical garden located in Durham, England. ... This page brings together all the images and heraldic devices of Durham University, its colleges, departments and student organisations. ...

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