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

Opening hours 

Monday - Friday  | 10am - 4pm  (excluding bank holidays)

(Monday - Thursday the Library is self-service from 2pm)

Saturday | 10am - 1pm 

If you wish to take out membership, pick up a book with a location marked as 'Lawrance Room', or simply want to speak to a member of our Library Team, please call (01727 890222) or email beforehand so that we can ensure that we can get the appropriate resources ready for you. 

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

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. Please email us to let us know when this has been set up. 

General readers: Standing Order Form    

Cathedral Volunteers/Students: Standing Order Form 

Book Donations

We’re sorry, but we are currently unable to accept speculative book donations as we have very little space. Please do not bring in books without checking with us in advance. If it’s possible please send us a list (email [email protected]) and we will let you know what books we are able to accept.

Contact the library

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

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