Norwich Cathedral library is finest in the region
Norwich Cathedral Library
is one of the finest theological libraries in East Anglia and is central to the cathedral’s commitment to maintain the traditions of teaching and learning, principles of its Benedictine heritage.
The modern theological collection comprising some 20,000 volumes covering areas including biblical studies, pastoral theology, spirituality and church history. In addition, the Cathedral’s historic collection centres on theology, but also includes poetry, medicine, architecture and local history.
The collections are housed in the Reading Room, built as part of the campaign which also produced the award-winning Refectory. The library reading room offers a serene, light, peaceful study area, lined with bookcases containing the theology collection, which can be browsed freely. The reading room also affords wonderful views of the cathedral spire, and of the cloister garth.
The library is freely accessible to anyone who wishes to use the collections on a reference-only basis; a subscription of £12 annually is payable for borrowing rights to the modern collection. The historic collection is available for reference in the reading room only.
The library can be found on the same floor as the cathedral Refectory, at the end closest to the lift, which also ensures access to the library for wheelchair users.
The library is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and volunteers are available during those hours to welcome and guide visitors in their use of the library. It is not necessary to make an appointment, although it is helpful to notify the library in advance if use of the Historic collection is required.
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Pictured above is the Norwich Cathedral Library, copyright Jeremy Warren.