The Cathedral continues the Benedictine tradition of commitment to learning and study. Its libraries incorporate both ancient and modern collections, and membership is open to all.
The Cathedral Library is in Abbey House, overlooking the Abbey Gardens. Managed by professional librarians, it is open for study and borrowing at regular times. This library combines in one catalogue a single collection from several sources:
The combined library of some 8,000 volumes covers all the main disciplines of theology, biblical studies, spirituality, liturgy and religious studies, and most are available for borrowing. Current and past issues of many theological journals are also available for reference.
The Library is open at the following times:
Sunday 11.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
Tuesday 11.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m.
Thursday 11.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m.
Saturday opening 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon
The library is open to all for reading and reference at no charge. Library membership entitles you to borrow up to six books for up to four weeks: £10 renewable each September (free for students on diocesan, ‘Faith and Worship’ and CTF-affiliated courses).