Covid-19 Update

Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), the Library is currently closed until further notice. In the meantime, you can contact the Library over email on [email protected]. If you have books out, please keep them safe until we are open again – all fines will be waived for this period. Thank you.

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 check these webpages for updates of when we will be able to open again. 

Search our catalogue

We are currently experiencing some problems with our online catalogue, but hope that this will be resolved shortly. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

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

If a book which you wish to view is marked as 'Location: Lawrance Room' please email us in advance of your visit to ensure that we can retrieve it for you, as this location is our store and not as easily accessible to the public. 

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.. 

The library is located 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