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 variety of newspapers, magazine and periodicals, including The Church Times, The Tablet and Theology
  • A quiet space to read, write or research

Visit the library

Please come and visit us at the following times: 

- during the week from 10am-6pm

- 10am-1pm on the first and third Saturday of the month

We will also be open in the evening before courses in the St Albans Certificate in Theology

One of our Library Team is normally on hand to help before 2.30pm on weekdays. If you wish to take out membership or ask a query in person, we encourage you to come before this time, or to call or email us in advance. 

Please note that on occasion there may be a meeting taking place in the Library after 2.30pm. 

Search our catalogue

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

Search our Catalogue

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.

Contact the library

You can email our fantastic team of library volunteers, or give them a call on 01727 890222. 

The library has moved to its new location on the second floor of the Chapter House. You can access it from the new Welcome Centre. There is step-free access via a lift, which is located in the cafe. 

Photo: Craig Sheppheard