Duckett Library

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THE DUCKETT LIBRARY

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

New volunteers are needed urgently – please email the library at duckettlibrary@sjbcathedral.org.uk

View The Online Catalogue

Christmas Opening Times

We shall be closing the library for the Christmas break on Thursday 14 December at 12.00 noon and re-opening on Sunday 7 January 2018 (after 9 am Mass).  Normal opening hours will operate the following week and on Sunday 14 January 2018 BUT unfortunately we will be closed from then until Sunday 15 April due to building works taking place in St Joseph’s (sunk) Chapel, when the library door will be sealed to prevent dust.

During the closure the library staff will be stock-taking and cataloguing and it will be possible to return and borrow books. If you can consult the on-line catalogue, books can be ordered by email or telephone message and issued to you for collection from the Cathedral shop – returns can also be left in the shop. If you do not have access to the on-line catalogue and / or need to browse the collection or ask advice, please leave a telephone message (or email) and one of the library staff will contact you to make an appointment.

We’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and many blessings during 2018.

OPENING TIMES

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

Sunday: 
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.

BACKGROUND

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.

We shall be closing the library for the Christmas break on Thursday 14 December at 12.00 noon and re-opening on Sunday 7 January 2018 (after 9 am Mass).  Normal opening hours will operate the following week and on Sunday 14 January 2018 BUT unfortunately we will be closed from then until Sunday 15 April due to building works taking place in St Joseph’s (sunk) Chapel, when the library door will be sealed to prevent dust.

During the closure the library staff will be stock-taking and cataloguing and it will be possible to return and borrow books. If you can consult the on-line catalogue, books can be ordered by email or telephone message and issued to you for collection from the Cathedral shop – returns can also be left in the shop. If you do not have access to the on-line catalogue and / or need to browse the collection or ask advice, please leave a telephone message (or email) and one of the library staff will contact you to make an appointment.

To aid stock-taking, it would be really helpful if you could search your shelves for any overdue books (some have been on loan now for over a year and a few for two!)

In the meantine, don’t forget the St Nicholas Fair on Wednesday 6 December from 3.30 – 7.30 pm. We shall have a book and jam stall and there will be many other things going on in the Narthex – with St Nicholas arriving with his horse at around 4.30 pm with small gifts for the children!

We’d like to wish you all a Happy Christmas and many blessings during 2018.

LIBRARY MEMBERSHIP

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.

DUCKETT LIBRARY CURRENT OFFICERS

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
Chaplain:
Fr. Peter Marsh

CONTACT THE DUCKETT LIBRARY

Email: 
Call: 01603 724383, or Write to:
Duckett Library
Cathedral House
Unthank Road
NORWICH
NR2 2PA