View our map of cathedral libraries and archives in Great Britain and Ireland.
Carlisle Cathedral Library
Chester Cathedral Library
Chelmsford Cathedral Library and Archives
Chichester Cathedral Library
Lambeth Palace Library
Norwich – Cathedral of St John the Baptist Library
Ripon Cathedral at the Leeds University Brotherton Library
Rochester Cathedral Library
Southwell Minster Historic Chapter Library
St Edmundsbury Cathedral Library
St. Paul’s Cathedral Collections
Truro Cathedral, Bishop Philpotts Library
Many diocesan archives are held in local record offices. The National Archives Discovery catalogue is a good starting point for searching out these and this link takes you to their corporate name search page. To search for diocesan archives enter the name e.g. ely diocese.
The website of the Religious Archives Group of the Archives and Recrods Association provides useful information and guidance for those working in this area.
The CCB Library is the most important single collection in the UK of books and other material dedicated solely to ecclesiastical architecture, art, design and liturgy. Formerly held at Church House, Westminster, the books are now held at Lambeth Palace Library and other material at the Church of England Record Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries about them.
The Representative Church Body Library is the Church of Ireland’s principal repository for archives and manuscripts.
The Archives of the Province of York are held at the Borthwick Institute at York University.
Marsh’s Library, Dublin; the library of Archbishop Narcissus Marsh.
The Hurd Library at Hartlebury Castle; founded in 1783 by Richard Hurd, Bishop of Worcester.