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Free library membership

Who can borrow or consult the Cathedral Library’s modern collections?

The general public, our Cathedral community such as staff and volunteers, members of the Diocese of Durham and local churches can all borrow from the Chapter and Sharp Library modern collections.

You just need to become a member.


How to join the library

Please visit the Cathedral Library with ID containing your current address such as:

  • Utility bill
  • Bank/building society statement
  • Passport with address (where the address has been officially entered by the issuing authority)
  • Driving licence with address

All bills and statements must have been issued within the last three months.

What will I receive?

You will be issued a Diocesan Reader card valid for three years.


How to access special collections

Find out more in how to view historic collections.

Want to find out more?

Please contact the Library at 0191 3862489 or email