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Name of Library: The Chapter Library

Address: The College, Durham, DH1 3EH

Town: Durham

Telephone: 0191 386 2489


E-mail: library@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Website: http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/library

Alternative names


Mrs Gabriel Sewell

Job Title

Purpose and main user community of the library

Serves the Chapter of Durham, members of the University of Durham and bona fide students.

Terms of access

By arrangement with the Librarian

Opening hours

9.30am - 4.45pm Monday - Friday

Disabled access



Permission may be given to borrow only the modern books. No inter-library loans.



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Ca. 3,000 mss., plus transparencies, microfilms, negatives and maps.

Volumes added per year



Bibliography, History, Palaeography, Local History, Monasticism, medieval manuscripts, early

printed books and antiquarian manuscript collections.

Special Collections


A collection of over 300 m. books from the medieval Benedictine house and the earliest

foundations at Wearmouth and Jarrow. Mss. of James Raine Snr., W. H. Longstaffe, Sir

Cuthbert Sharp, Robert Surtees, Thomas Romans, Christopher Hunter, George Allen,

Thomas Randall, J. B. Lightfoot, A. R. Tucker, W. Van Mildert, H. H. Henson and I. T. Ramsey.

Research resource

History of the Church of England; Monasticism; Anglican theological thought; History of church


Catalogue Type

Sheaf binder; published catalogue of printed music (1968) and mss. music (1986).

URL of catalogue

Other facilities

Microfilms are available of all the medieval mss. and an increasing amount of music.

Full Time Staff 1

Part Time Staff 1

Voluntary Staff

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