The Ancient Library

The Ancient Library was founded by Dr Miles Mosse in 1595 as a resource for clergy training. There are over 550 books, mainly printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The library, in a room over the north-west porch designed by Stephen Dykes Bower in 1960, has bookcases made by Leonard Goff in 2004.

Book of the Week – Saint Isidore

Other featured books – ‘Nicholas of Lyra’

Online Exhibition

During the COVID-19 pandemic we have created an online exhibition with books from the Ancient Library.

Look through the gallery below to find out more.
(Click on individual pages to enlarge).

Made in England

More information about the editions held can be found by:

  • searching for ‘Bury St Edmunds CL’ in the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue
  • selecting ‘search by’ ‘library name’ and entering ‘Bury St Edmunds Cathedral’ in the English Short Title Catalogue
  • searching in COPAC. Click on ‘Cathedral Libraries (Heritage Catalogue)’ in ‘Library’ and in the drop box which then appears choose ‘Bury St Edmunds Cathedral’ in COPAC. Individual works can then be accessed by using its CLC number e.g. A116

If you would like information about donors, pastedowns or marginalia, or would like to visit the library, please contact the librarian through the Cathedral Office on visits@stedscathedral.org or 01284 748730.