The Library

The Library at Norwich Cathedral incorporates the Dean and Chapter's historic collection, as well as the library of the Lincoln Theological Institute. It is also the teaching base for the Norwich Centre for Christian Learning.

The Library is open to all as a place of study and research, offering book borrowing and general guidance in relation to our historic and modern collections. You can spend time in the Library during its normal opening hours of 9.30am – 4.30pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Please contact us if you wish to arrange a visit outside of these times.

There are also plenty of activities and events that take place in the Library, including seminars and talks, training courses and workshops and exhibitions. You’ll find these listed in our What’s On calendar.

Online catalogue

The Library’s online catalogue contains the whole of our modern theological collection and a third of the historic library catalogue. You can browse the Library catalogue here.

Resources on the potential for church mission and community service are available here.


Do you find it difficult to establish a good working structure to your study time? Is quiet study space hard to find?

Studium is a new way to study at the Norwich Cathedral Library on the first and third Fridays of the month, providing a safe and ordered space for learning to flourish, problems to be shared, and spiritual growth to be enabled.

This initiative offers support to researchers through all three areas of our Benedictine heritage:

  • Worship: the study time will begin and end with optional prayer time
  • Learning: enabling work, discussion of that work, and study support
  • Hospitality: welcoming all into the space and encouraging all to join together for refreshments and community
More information about the timetable for Studium days is available within this promotional flyer.


Records of the pre-Reformation Benedictine priory and the post-Reformation Dean & Chapter (Norwich Cathedral) are cared for and made available to researchers by the Norfolk Record Office.

Specialist Book Collections

The Library has custody of the following book collections:

The Brian Runnett Music Library

Comprises books about music and musical scores, with a particularly large collection of music for the organ. Brian Runnett was organist and master of choristers of Norwich Cathedral from 1967 - 1970.

Norfolk Parish Libraries

In conjunction with the work of the Bishop's Committee on Books and Documents, the Library holds books deposited from parishes in the Diocese of Norwich.

Norwich Diocesan Association of Ringers (NDA)

A collection on bells and bellringing, available to access by both NDA members and non-members wishing to consult its items.

For more information about the Library at Norwich Cathedral and any of the above, please contact our Librarian & Curator.