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
Covid-19 Update

We’re launching a new Library service! We’re thrilled to say that we are now able to offer a ‘Click & Collect’ Library service to allow people to borrow Library books for short periods of time.

While we cannot allow people into the Library itself for safety reasons, Library members can now reserve books via our online catalogue for collection from the Cathedral.

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 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.

As members will not have had normal access during the coronavirus pandemic, we are extending all existing membership for free by 6 months. New members can join for free until 31 December 2020. Please email the library to join.  

Contact the library

You can email our fantastic team of library volunteers.

Photo: Craig Sheppheard