The Cathedral Library is a modern theological lending library.  Members have access to:

  • A wide collection including books on theology, biblical studies, spirituality, philosophy, and ethics
  • Comprehensive resources on the history of the abbey
  • Language resources for reading Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Latin and Old English
  • A quiet space to read, write or research
  • A Click & Collect service which allows members to reserve books online for collection. 

More information on Click & Collect

Re-opening Update

We're pleased to say that we're now able to open the Library again from 21 September! There will obviously be a number of changes and restrictions in order to keep our Library Team and our visitors safe, but we hope that we may be able to get back to a more normal service before too long.

To help us open safely, here's what you can expect:

  • Opening hours will be reduced (see below), and they'll be for browsing/borrowing/returning only. We hope that we might be able to extend hours and allow people to work in there soon, so please bear with us.
  • Our Team will be wearing masks/visors at all times, and using gloves for handling books. Please ensure that you wear a face covering (unless you are exempt from having to do so) and sanitise your hands on arrival. Our Team will also ask for some contact details for Track & Trace.
  • There is a limit of 2 Library Team members and 2 visitors at a time in the Library. Please maintain a safe physical distance from others while you are in there.
  • All books which are touched and not borrowed will need to be put into quarantine for 72 hours, so please be careful which items you choose to handle. All items borrowed and returned will also be quarantined.
  • Our standard loan time has now returned to 2 months, short-term loan to 2 weeks, and the borrowing limit to 4 books. 

Thank you to all of our members for keeping our books safe during lockdown. Please now return any books which have been out during this time. 

We're really looking forward to welcoming you back into the Library. If you're unsure of anything, you can ask our Library Team, and they'll be happy to help. We've got a number of brand new members on our team, so be sure to say hello to them when you visit!

Opening hours and location

From Monday 21 September the Library will be open 12-2pm Monday-Friday and 10am-12pm Saturday.

You can find us in the Chapter House. Enter via the Welcome Centre and take the stairwell just beyond the cafe to the second floor.  Step-free access is via the lift in the cafe. 

Search our catalogue 

Please click here to access our online catalogue, which includes searchable digitised images from our archives.

Search our Catalogue


We have prepared some handy helpsheets which take you through how to search for, reserve and renew books, as well as information for those needing to undertake research online. All of them start with the instruction to log in to the main catalogue page, which you can do using the button above.   

Search for a book        Reserve a book online       Renew a book     

Online Research Resources

Become a member

We charge an annual membership fee of £20 to help us keep the library running. You do not need to be a member to use the library, only to borrow books.

Students taking the Certificate in Theology receive free membership as part of the course, and other students are eligible for a 50% discount.

Until March 2021 we are offering 15 months' membership instead of 12 for our yearly membership to reflect the fact that we had to close our services for 3 months during the pandemic. Please contact the Library if you'd like to sign up. 

Contact the library

You can email our fantastic team of library volunteers, or call 01727 890222.

Photo: Craig Sheppheard