Archives, Libraries & Collections

All cathedrals and other bodies holding cathedral archives, libraries or collections that are currently members of CALCA are listed below. You can find their locations and links to their websites on the map.

To find out more about becoming an institutional or personal member of CALCA please go to our membership page.


Bath Abbey

Blackburn Cathedral

Bristol Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

Coventry Cathedral

Durham Cathedral Library

Durham University Library

Ely Cathedral Library and D&C archives (at Cambridge University Library)

Exeter Cathedral

Gloucester Cathedral

Guildford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral

Lambeth Palace

Leicester Cathedral

Lichfield Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral

Liverpool Cathedral

Norwich Cathedral

Norwich Catholic Cathedral

Oxford (Christ Church)

Portsmouth Cathedral

Ripon Cathedral (at the Brotherton Library, Leeds University)

Rochester Cathedral

Salisbury Cathedral

Southwell Minster

St Alban’s Cathedral

St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Wakefield Cathedral

Wells Cathedral

Westminster Abbey

Winchester Cathedral Library

Winchester Cathedral Archives

Windsor (St George’s)

Worcester Cathedral

York Minster


St David’s Cathedral


St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh

St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness


Armagh Robinson Library

Cashel Diocesan Library (Bolton Library)

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Cotton Library, St Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore


Borthwick Institute, York University (Archives of the Province of York)

Church House, London

Marsh’s Library, Dublin

Hurd Library, Hartlebury, Worcester

Other Links

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 if you have any enquiries about them.

The Representative Church Body Library is the Church of Ireland’s principal repository for archives and manuscripts.