Searching the Cathedral Library Catalogue

The search box on the left can be used to find a book by author or title. Just fill in what you know, for example putting 'Rowan Williams' rather than just  'Williams' will bring up a list of books by or about Rowan Williams (whereas 'Williams' will include all the authors with that surname together with Williamson). You can restrict the search to author only or title only by having the Authors or Title boxes ticked or unticked.

The search can also be restricted by category. Click on 'search category' and you will see a list to choose from (their full titles are displayed on the right-hand side).

Or you could list all the books in a certain category. To do this, click on your chosen category (e.g. New Testament) on the right-hand side and they will all be listed, 20 to a page. They are ordered by title but you can order them by author by clicking on the 'Authors'  column heading. Page through by using the buttons at the bottom of the page.

When you have found a book in a list, click on its title to bring up its full details, this will include the catalogue number which tells us where the book can be found in the library. Other details, such as date of publication are shown and a brief description may be given. This description is obtained from Amazon if a matching ISBN can be found - in other words it may or may not work. But you can find further details from Amazon directly by clicking on 'Amazon link' if it is shown.

The catalogue number may have 'Ref' after it. This means reference only (i.e. can be consulted but not borrowed). Or "Store' - that mean you will need to consult  the library staff for access. Or "Missg' - yes that does mean missing.


For any further help please contact the Library Administrator.




Cathedral Library



The Cathedral Library
is in Abbey House, overlooking the Abbey Gardens. Managed by professional librarians, it is open for study and borrowing at regular times. This library combines in one catalogue a single collection from several sources:

The Anselm Library was formed by the Cathedral early in the 20th century and was later given to the Hengrave Community

The Hengrave Library was formed by the ecumenical Hengrave Community of Reconciliation at nearby Hengrave Hall from 1974 to 2006 and was then given to the Cathedral and Diocese

The Cathedral Congregational Library
was built up by the Cathedral staff and congregation between 1995 and 2006

The combined Library of some 8,000 volumes covers all the main disciplines of theology, biblical studies, spirituality, liturgy and religious studies, and most are available for borrowing. Current and past issues of many theological journals are also available for reference. You can find the library catalogue here.

The Library is open at the following times:
Sunday 11.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.
Tuesday 11.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m.
Thursday 11.00 a.m – 4.00 p.m.
Saturday opening 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 noon

The library is open to all for reading and reference at no charge. Library membership entitles you to borrow up to six books for up to four weeks: £10 renewable each September (free for students on diocesan, 'Faith and Worship' and CTF-affiliated courses). A library application form is available here.

All enquiries during library hours: 01284 748720
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cathedral Office, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds  IP33 1LS 

The Ancient Library

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The Ancient Library was founded by Dr Miles Mosse in 1595 as a resource for clergy training. There are over 550 books, mainly printed in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  The library, in a room over the north-west porch designed by Stephen Dykes Bower in 1960, has bookcases made by Leonard Goff in 2004.

Click here to see a list of the books in the library.
Click here to see the people who have donated books to the library or whose autographs appear in the books

More information about the editions held can be found by:

- searching for 'Bury St Edmunds CL' in the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue
- selecting 'search by' 'library name' and entering 'Bury St Edmunds Cathedral' in the English Short Title Catalogue
searching in COPAC. Click on 'Cathedral Libraries (Heritage Catalogue)' in 'Library' and in the drop box which then appears choose 'Bury St Edmunds Cathedral' in COPAC. Individual works can then be accessed by using its CLC number e.g. A116 

Articles about the Ancient Library can be found here

If you would like information about donors, pastedowns or marginalia, or would like to visit the library, please contact the librarian through the Cathedral Office on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01284 748730. 


Luther 500


The present exhibition of books in the Treasury marks the 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg and began the Reformation.

There are volumes by Luther, Melanchthon and Chemnitz and Luther’s introduction to the Koran. They describe the reforms Luther wished to make to the Church, the martyrdom of English Lutherans and the involvement of Henry VIII.

Donors include Henry Blagge, one of the godly gentry, Richard Mawe and Richard Gipps, town councillors, and William Branthwayte, Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

The books contain the signature of Miles Mosse, the founder of the library, dating from 1595 and the accounts of the building works at the Palace of Enfield ordered by Lord Protector Somerset for the young Edward VI in 1547.

Luther Poster




The Cathedral continues the Benedictine tradition of commitment to learning and study. Its libraries incorporate both ancient and modern collections, and membership is open to all.
The catalogue to the theological library is available electronically (click here). 

Contact: Library Manager
Tel: 01284 748720