The little known Ushaw Library, which houses one of the most comprehensive collections on Catholicism in the 18th Century, as well as first edition copies of books such as Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, and Ulm Cosmographia, is open to visitors. This page will direct you through the history of the library, the collections we have here, and give details on how to contact the Archivist and Librarian to arrange a visit. 


Ushaw Library has an illustrious and rich history, dating back as far as the English College at Douai in 1568. With a long history of donation and writing, learn more about Ushaw Library's history across Europe. 

The Ushaw Library


The Library has an amazingly broad range in topics and opinions. Including some first editions of famous books and medieval manuscripts, this page will give you details of some of our more prestigious items.

Visiting The Library

To contact Ushaw's Archivist or Librarian, to discuss our collection or to arrange a visit, click below. Appointments must be made one week in advance of visit.

Address: Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, near Durham City  DH7 9RH
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