Tuesday and Thursday mornings: After the 10 am Mass until 12.30 pm
Sunday mornings: After the 9 am Mass (approx. 9.50 – 10.40)
The Library is also open for special occasions, as advertised, and for groups by prior arrangement with the Librarian – please email with a contact telephone number.
When the library is closed, members can search the on-line catalogue and request books via email or telephone message; these can either be reserved until that member’s next visit to the library, or issued for collection from the Cathedral shop (returned books may also be left in the shop when the Library is closed).
During school holidays, the library is usually closed but library staff check emails so please feel free to request books or advice.
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 led 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 educational facilities. It was blessed by Bishop Michael Evans in 2010 and was opened on Ash Wednesday 22 February 2012 by the Revd. Fr. James Walsh, then Dean of the Cathedral.
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. The Library is dependent on its regular fundraising efforts to cover running costs and the purchase of new books.
The Library’s stock covers a wide range of religious and theological subjects – for a general list of topics, please click on ‘Filter by Category’ on the online catalogue or call into the library for a more detailed ‘Categories’ leaflet.
The Library is a member of the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association and maintains a close relationship with Norwich Cathedral Library.