The new home for Doncaster Libraries and Heritage Doncaster in the Civic and Cultural Quarter is located on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in Doncaster town centre.
Historic opening date announced
Pre-book a tour
As a temporary measure we need to limit visitors and library users until the Government restrictions are lifted. Please book your visit either online (using the links below), by phone on 01302 734410 (Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm) or call into the Tourist Information Centre to book a time slot.
There will be tour slots available Monday to Saturday throughout the day. The museum and art gallery tours will be one and a half hours in length to give people plenty of time to have a good look round. The library visits will each be one hour long for people to browse and choose books or use the various digital services. There will be a short break between scheduled visits for public safety.
People must have a confirmed booking to gain admission. Those without will unfortunately be turned away. The tours are of course free of charge.
Please note that you will be redirected to the Eventbrite website when you click on the links below when you are booking your museum and / or library tour. Eventbrite is the online ticketing service that will enable you to book tickets for these events. Eventbrite is the data controller relating to all of the personal information you provide when you are booking your tour of the museum and / or library. For full details of how your personal data will be processed by Eventbrite please visit the Eventbrite Privacy Notice page.
The latest government advice is that the Covid restrictions will remain until 19th July 2021, the booking system will be amended to allow for extra dates after 21 June. The pre-booking system will be reviewed in light of the relevant Government announcements and it is hoped will no longer be required at this point.
Questions and answers about the ticket booking system
How do I book?
Firstly decide if you want access to the Museum and Galleries or just the Library. Then you book online using the link buttons above.
We will reserve a limited supply of tickets for both tours for anyone without internet access and these can be booked in person at the Tourist information Centre at 1 Priory Place Doncaster – opening hours Mon – Sat 10am to 3:30pm. It is also possible to call 01302 734410 which is a BOOKING LINE ONLY with a very limited supply of tickets. This line is open Tourist information Opening hours as above. Please only call this number if you are unable to visit in person and please note the best way to reserve is online or in person.
What if I change my mind, or can’t make the booking?
What time should I arrive for my booking?
Please maintain social distancing in the queue and allow those around you space.
Please wear your face covering at ALL TIMES.
Do I need to bring my ticket with me?
Do I have to wear my face covering and socially distance?
Is the building accessible by wheelchair?
Yes, the building is fully compliant – please notify us at the time of booking or when you arrive and we will make sure we cater for your needs.
If I reserve a ticket for the Library only can I visit the rest of the building?
If I reserve a ticket for the Library only can I visit the Children’s and Information Library?
Will I be able to make myself a member of the Library on my visit?
Will I be able to use the toilet on my visit?
Will I be able to visit the Café on my visit?
Will I be able to visit the shop on my visit?
Do I have to follow a route around the building?
Will I have a tour guide inside the building?
If I book a Museum and Gallery visit does this include the Library?
All the sessions are full – what can I do?
If your chosen time and day is booked try all others.
We are waiting for the further announcement on the lifting of restrictions on or after 19 July where we hope we can fully open or at least greatly expand the numbers we can accommodate. Please keep an eye on our website and media.
What will you do with any spaces on the tours if people don’t turn up on the day?
If people fail to turn up on the day it will be too late for us to re issue these tickets unfortunately.
What if I’m delayed and late for my booking time?
What if I just turn up, without a booking and wait to see if any spaces become available?
When will you be fully open?
What is there to see and do
The new building can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors and is home to the following:
- The children’s and adult lending libraries
- Museum packed with fascinating collections
- Art Gallery full of impressive works some loaned from the likes of the British Museum.
- King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum
- Rail Heritage Centre showcasing memorabilia from the Doncaster Grammar School Railway Collection and two locomotive engines - No.251 and Green Arrow
- A high quality education space
- A lovely cafe
- Training, meeting and conference facilities
...and much, much more.
Address: Danum Gallery, Library and Museum, Waterdale, Doncaster DN1
The Danum is located a 10 minute walk (0.5 miles) from Doncaster Railway Station and Doncaster Bus Station.
Waterdale Car Park, Wood Street Car Park, and Civic Quarter Car Park are all located less than a 5 minute walk from the building.
- Accessible toilet
- Changing Places toilet
- Baby change
- Meeting rooms
- Free Wi-Fi and internet access
Virtual opening and tour
We virtually opened the doors for an online audience on Wednesday, 17 March 2021.
The virtual tour enables people to explore the building and see the many wonderful features and exhibits. The tour is similar to Google Maps, arrows will allow you to click and tap your way through the building. Information icons will pop up on different objects and areas, and will lead you to videos with more information and background - it really is like touring the building in person.
How the building got its name
Residents were invited to put forward names and vote for their favourite from a shortlist. The name reflects our history and the key elements people can enjoy and use inside.
Please visit www.dglam.org.uk for further details about the venue.