Durham Cathedral Library

Accessing the Cathedral’s modern book collections

The Sharp Library and Chapter Library, based in the Monks’ Dormitory at Durham Cathedral, is open to readers from Monday to Friday, 10.00am – 4.30pm (last entrance 4.00pm).

Please note: due to unforeseen circumstances, the Cathedral Library will be closed on Thursday 31st September. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

All visitors need to sign in at the Exhibition Desk in the Monks’ Dormitory and present their Diocesan Reader card or Durham University card to access the Library. If you do not have a reader card, please ask a member of staff who will direct you to the Library where you can register as a Library reader.

If you require further assistance during this period, please email library@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Accessing the Cathedral’s special collections

Access to Durham Cathedral’s special collections, including the Refectory early printed book, music, and antiquary collections, is by appointment only. Special collections appointments are held in the Barker Reading Room (accessible via the Monks’ Dormitory) and are available from Tuesday – Thursday between 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 4.30pm. Please contact the Library at 0191 386 2489 / library@durhamcathedral.co.uk to make an appointment.
Access to Durham Cathedral’s medieval manuscript collection will still be administered by staff at Palace Green Library until October 2017. Materials will be available by appointment only, Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 4.45pm. Please contact the library at 0191 3862489 / library@durhamcathedral.co.uk to make an appointment.
You can follow the Cathedral Library on Twitter: @BedesBooks