The Duckett Library is sited off St Joseph’s Chapel (Sunk Chapel) in the South Aisle of the Nave of the Cathedral. It is a lending library with around 6,000 religious publications on a wide range of topics. It has proved a valuable resource for those pursuing a course of study as well as those of all ages reading for their own personal learning and enjoyment – the catalogue is accessible on-line (see link below). The majority of books have been donated, many in memory of loved ones – these donors are acknowledged on the bookplate placed inside each book.
Membership, which is free, is open to all those living across the Diocese of East Anglia, members of the Cathedral congregation, and the local community – to join please visit the library during opening hours (given below).
The Library hosts talks and exhibitions from time to time, as advertised on the Cathedral website, the Duckett Library Facebook page and in the Cathedral Parish weekly newsletter. All activities are open to non-members.
Donations towards the on-going development of the library and purchase of new books are welcome. Suitable books are also welcome – please supply a list of the titles you would like to donate and we will contact you to arrange collection. Cheques can be made payable to: ‘The Cathedral of St John the Baptist Duckett Library’. Charity Registration No: 278742.
If you would be interested in joining our friendly team of volunteers, a love of books, confidence using a computer, and a willingness to respect the Cathedral’s Catholic identity are the main requirements as training will be given. Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment giving brief details of your background and experience (if any).