Salisbury Cathedral Library




Salisbury Cathedral, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP1 2EF


01722 555107

Contact & Job Title

Emily Naish, Cathedral Archivist

Terms of access

By appointment in advance

Opening hours

9.30–12.30, 2.00–4.30

Disabled access

Access to the Library is via a 37 step spiral staircase. Alternative arrangements to consult specific books for researchers requiring level access can be made.

Lending to other libraries & visitors


Number of volumes


Volumes added per year

Usually less than 15


An eclectic mix resulting from the interests of those who donated and bequeathed volumes to the library. Particularly significant is a bequest of c1000 texts (protestant reformation literature) by Bishop Edmund Geste in 1577 and a bequest of c300 texts (medicine, science, astronomy) by Bishop Seth Ward in 1689. The Gillingham parochial library is held on deposit.


Collection of c200 manuscripts dating from 9th to 15th centuries including c60 manuscripts written at the Cathedral previous site now known as Old Sarum.

Catalogue Type

An electronic catalogue is in the process of being created and is accessible via the Salisbury Cathedral main website. The majority of the books which have not yet been added to the electronic catalogue have been catalogue on the card catalogue and/or in a catalogue printed in 1880 Catalogue of the Cathedral Library of Salisbury.

URL of catalogue
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Anything else about the library

Visitors with a general interest in the library and its holdings can book a place on the ‘Library Tour and Tea’. Other events concerning the library and archive collections are held regularly – further details available on the Salisbury Cathedral website.