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Libraries in Durham There are a number of local libraries in Durham, which are all run by Durham County Council and offer residents, visitors and traders a wealth of information, books, videos and Internet access.

To make the most of the facilities you need to be a member of the library service but luckily it’s very easy to join. All you need to do is pop into your nearest library with two forms of identification (i.e. a passport and driving licence) and you’ll receive your membership card.

Situated in Millennium Place, Clayport Library [map] is the city’s main library, which is housed in an innovative state-of-the-art building and was built as part of the Durham Millennium City Project.

If you’re travelling to the library by car, the nearest public car parks are on the Riverside [map] or in the Prince Bishops [map] shopping precinct. The nearest disabled parking spaces are on Claypath [map].

The library is 15 minutes walk from Durham’s train and bus stations, and the bus stops for Gilesgate, Sunderland and East Durham are within a minute’s walk.

This library has thousands of books, videos, CDs, DVDs and audio books available for hire, along with a number of computers that can be used for word processing, spreadsheets, email and Internet access.

There is also a reference and local studies collection on the first floor, which offers a wealth of information for those researching their family tree or Durham’s history.

Among the facilities in this section are, the Durham Record Database, containing old photographs and maps, an index of birth, deaths and marriages from 1837 to 2001, and old newspapers on CD ROM, including the Northern Echo, The Journal and Sunderland Echo.

In addition to all this the library now also has a Digital Media Suite on the lower ground floor, which boasts CD writing facilities, CD Listening Posts, Computer books and courses, and DVDs, to name but a few of its services.

Local libraries around Durham include Belmont Library [map], Bowburn Library [map], Brandon Library [map] and Esh Winning Library [map].

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