Work is continuing, as and when funding is available, to put catalogue records for the Library's historic collections available and searchable online.
For more information about the modern theological collections, please click here.
Many of the Cathedral's catalogues of the historic collections are available online on the Durham University Archives & Special Collections website. Further card records are being transferred to electronic form as resources for this work become available.
For more information about the Cathedral's collections see:
R.A.B. Mynors, Durham Cathedral Manuscripts to the end of the 12th century (Oxford, 1939)
Thomas Rud, Codicum Manuscriptorum Ecclesiae Cathedralis Dunelmensis Catalogus Classicus (Durham, 1825)
Manuscripts formerly belonging to Durham Cathedral Priory are listed in N.R. Ker's Medieval libraries of Great Britain 2nd edition (London, 1964) and Supplement to the second edition ed. Andrew Watson (London, 1967).
The catalogue of the incunabula is via Durham University Library's online catalogue.
A sheaf catalogue for the books printed between 1501 and 1820 is available in the library.
Books printed on the Continent before 1701 appear on Copac. All Durham books can be found by searching for keyword "Durham", in library "cathedral libraries".
Books printed in the British Isles, colonial America, Canada before 1801 appear on the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC). All Durham books can be found by selecting "search by" "library name" and entering "Durham Cathedral".
The catalogue of the Sharp Library is via Durham University Library's online catalogue.
• Brian Crosby, A Catalogue of Durham Cathedral Music Manuscripts (Oxford University Press, 1986)
• R. Alec Harman, A Catalogue of the Printed Music and Books on Music in Durham Cathedral Library (Oxford University Press, 1968)
• Details of the music manuscripts can be found on the RISM database.
• Descriptions of many of the collections of the great antiquarian historians of County Durham including Hunter, Sharp, Raine, Surtees and Longstaffe are available on the Durham University Archives & Special Collections website.
PAPERS AND CORRESPONDENCE OF SOME 19TH AND 20TH CENTURY BISHOPS OF DURHAM
• Collection level descriptions are available on the Durham University Archives & Special Collections website.
THE MEISSEN LIBRARY
The German language Meissen Library, which was previously housed at the Cathedral, has been transferred to the University Library and its catalogue is now available via the Durham University Library Catalogue.