Bill Bryson returned to Durham University on Tuesday November 27, to rename the main library and open its new wing.

The opening of the £11m East Wing at the Bill Bryson library makes the main library building 42 per cent bigger and provides 500 new study spaces across four floors.

The development is part of Gateway, Durham University’s major £60m estates project which incorporates a new Law School and a dedicated building for student support services, The Palatine Centre.

The new East Wing has been designed to produce a light and spacious study environment, including 21 individual and six group study rooms.

It has enabled the library to rearrange its collection of 1.5m books into one sequence and to make 120,000 books previously in storage available in open access shelving for the first time.