DURHAM CATHEDRAL LIBRARY DESCENDS FROM THE LIBRARY OF THE MONASTERY FOUNDED AT LINDISFARNE BY ST AIDAN IN 635 AD.

It is the largest in situ medieval library in the UK, with manuscripts dating from the 6th century to the modern day.

Nowadays, the Library serves the public and the worldwide scholarly community who come to Durham Cathedral to study this unique collection of manuscripts and early printed volumes and modern theology books.

Visiting researchers who wish to consult the Library should contact library@durhamcathedral.co.uk or call +44(0)191 386 2489.
Some rare pieces from the library collections are displayed to the public at our Treasures of Durham Cathedral Library events. Please consult the What's On page of this website for further information.