Chester Cathedral Library

Last updated 5th November 2008 
Name of library Chester Cathedral Library 
Address  Cathedral Office, 12 Abbey Square, Chester CH1 2HU
Telephone  01244 324756
Fax  01244 341110
E-mail  library@chestercathedral.com
Website  http://www.chestercathedral.com
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title  Dr G. V. Chivers, Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library  Clergy, readers and scholars
Terms of access  By appointment with the librarian
Opening hours  
Disabled access  Steps
Lending to other libraries & visitors  Reference only
Number of volumes  15,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  few
Current Periodicals  7
Other materials  In process of consideration
Volumes added per year  50
Coverage  The library has a good collection of material relating to the Diocese of Chester and the County of Cheshire in addition to its theological and other specialities.
Special Collections  Sander’s collection (c.400): books written by or about bishops and clergy of Chester diocese from c.1660. Chas Kingsley (Res. Canon of Chester) books. Bishop Wilson (Isle of Man): a few of his own C18 collection. Moulton library: about 250 small books used from 1840-1940 in a Congregational mission to a saltmining village in Northwich.
Manuscripts  Polychronicon: Ranulph Higden (Chester monk) c. 1360.Henry VIII seal and order. 14th Century Book of Hours
Research resource  Biblical, doctrinal and pastoral
Catalogue Type  Computer and card
URL of catalogue  Being arranged
Other facilities  
Full Time Staff  
Part Time Staff  
Voluntary Staff  8
Changes in next five years affecting the above  an exhibition library for visitors and educational groups is currently being created.
Anything else about the library  N.B. Books have been boxed during building operation. Hope to re-open by September 2006