Visitors with a genuine research interest or enquiry are welcome to visit the library and archive to carry out their own research.  We want to share our collections as widely as possible but we also need to be mindful of security and the  conservation needs of the books and documents; in addition our resources to staff the library and archive are limited.  Therefore access to study any specific books and documents should be arranged in advance  with the library and archive staff - a letter of introduction or a reference may be required.

Click on the links below for the archive access policy and the library and archive user agreements which all researchers are required to sign:


If you don’t wish to study a particular item but have a general interest in the library then you are very welcome to attend our regular events focusing on the collections.  These include free spotlight talks, occasional library open days and other special events.  You can also book a place on our monthly specialist library tours followed by a cream tea.  For further information about library and archive events please see the events section of the Cathedral's main website.