The Cathedral library is open for anyone wishing to browse, borrow, return books or wanting a quiet space to work in. 

Current opening hours 

Monday - Thursday | 10am - 2pm 

Friday | 10am - 4pm 

First and third Saturday of month | 10am - 1pm 

Welcome to the Cathedral Library

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

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 an in-depth Library Guide which takes you through how to search for, reserve and renew books, as well as information for those needing to undertake research online. 

Library Guide 2022

Become a member

We charge an annual membership fee to help us keep the library running. You do not need to be a member to use the library, only to borrow books. Fees are as follows: 

General Readers: £20 per year

Cathedral Volunteers and Students from other institutions: £10 per year

Cathedral Guides, Library/Archive Team, SACT Students: Free

You can send us a cheque (payable to St Albans Cathedral Learning), or sign up using a standing order form. If setting up a new standing order form this year, please ensure that you enter a start date of 3 months in the future to ensure that you get your 3 months extra free membership. Please email us to let us know when this has been set up. 

General readers: Standing Order Form    

Cathedral Volunteers/Students: Standing Order Form 

Contact the library

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

Photo: Craig Shepphear