Duckett Library

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 New volunteers are needed urgently – please email the library at .


The Library, named after Canon Richard Duckett, who was a prime mover in the plans for building the Cathedral, is sited off the Sunk Chapel in the South Aisle of the Nave. This lending library, staffed by volunteers, has around 4,000 religious publications. Membership is free to the Cathedral congregation, the local community and the Diocese of East Anglia.

The Library hosts talks and exhibitions from time to time, as advertised on the website. All activities are open to new members. Donations towards the ongoing development of the Duckett Library are welcome, as are appropriate books. Cheques can be made payable to: ‘The Cathedral of St John the Baptist Duckett Library’. Charity Registration No: 278742

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Tuesday and Thursday mornings:
After the 10am Mass until 12.30pm

after the 9am Mass

First Saturday of the month:
after the 10am Mass until 12.00 noon The Library will also be open on special occasions, as advertised from time to time, and can be opened for groups by prior arrangement with the Librarian.


Image of Richard Duckett

The Library is named in honour of the Revd. Canon Dr Richard Duckett, Rector of St John’s 1876-1910: his was the inspiration that lead to the building of the magnificent church that is now the Cathedral of the Diocese of East Anglia.

The library was established as part of a continuing programme of renewing and extending the Cathedral’s facilities. It was blessed by Bishop Michael Evans in 2010 and opened on Ash Wednesday 22nd February 2012 by the Revd. Fr James Walsh, Dean of the Cathedral.

The Duckett Library has over 4,000 publications. Subjects include biblical studies, theology, doctrine, catechetics, lives of the saints, pastoral issues, liturgy, church history, spirituality, biography, pilgrimage, religious art, and other religious topics. There is an on-line, searchable catalogue.

The furnishing and equipping of the library was funded partly by the Narthex development, with generous assistance from the Friends of the Cathedral of East Anglia, the Cathedral Development Trust and other donors.

Opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday mornings after the 10 am Mass (approx. 10.45am) until 12.30pm, Sunday morning after the 9 am Mass and the first Saturday of each month after the 10 am Mass until noon.


Membership of the Duckett Lending Library is free to Cathedral parishioners, members of the local community and the Diocese of East Anglia. To join, please visit the library during opening hours.


President: Canon David Paul, Cathedral Dean

Librarian & Committee Chair:
Mr Peter Thorn
Vice Chair and Hon. Secretary:
Dr Angela Thomas
Hon. Treasurer:
Mrs Imelda Race
Fr. Peter Marsh


Call: 01603 724383, or Write to:
Duckett Library
Cathedral House
Unthank Road