Visiting the Library
The library at Salisbury Cathedral was founded in 1445 to support the private study and research of the canons and priests of the cathedral and diocese; today the library is still a private collection. However, we want to share our book collection as widely as possible so individual visitors with a genuine research interest or enquiry are welcome to carry out their own research.
Access to study any specific book(s) should be arranged in advance with the library and archive staff via the email address below. As our staffing resources are limited please give as much advance notice as possible. So that we can assist you please outline your area of interest with your initial enquiry. A letter of introduction or a reference will be required to consult any manuscript or book dated earlier than 1800: some books may be unavailable due to their physical condition. Surrogate copies are available of the manuscript books; these should be consulted in the first instance.
If you don't wish to study a particular book but have a general interest in the library then you are very welcome to attend our regular events focusing on the collections. These include free talks, occasional library open days and other special events. You can also book a place on our monthly specialist library tours followed by a cream tea.
Potential visitors should be aware that access to the library is only possible via a 37 step stone spiral staircase; we will endeavour to provide alternative arrangements for visitors wishing to consult specific books and requiring step free access.
Who We Are
Emily Naish, Cathedral Archivist
Dr Anne Dutton, Assistant Librarian
For all enquiries in the first instance please contact:
Salisbury Cathedral Library & Archive, The Chapter Office, 6 The Close, Salisbury SP1 2EF