Wells Cathedral Library

Last updated 23rd March 2005 
Name of library  Wells Cathedral Library
Telephone 01749 674 483 
Fax  01749 832210
E-mail  library@wellscathedral.uk.net, archives@wellscathedral.uk.net
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title Jane Swinyard (Old Library) Thursday and Friday, Pam Burrough (Reading Room) Tuesday, Anne Crawford Archivist) Monday and Wednesday,  Librarians; Archivist
Purpose & main user community of the library  The Chapter of Wells Cathedral
Terms of access  By written appointment to consult books (pre 1800) in the Old Library normally on Thursdays and Fridays: please include an outline of the research to be undertaken and a letter of introduction from your supervisor or tutor. The Reading room containing post-1801 books is open to subscribing members M-T 10.30-12.30 : 1400-1600 Jan to Nov, with occasional closures because of nave services. The archives are normally available on Mondays and Wednesdays in consultation with the archivist.
Opening hours  By appointment only: M – Th 10.00 -12.00; 14.00-16.00
Disabled access First-floor, no wheelchair access. Alernative accom. would have to be found for the person to consult a particular item. 
Lending to other libraries & visitors  No. It does not lend
Number of volumes  6,000
Periodicals – Back Issues  
Current Periodicals  10
Other materials  
Volumes added per year 20-25 + approved donations 
Coverage  Texts and Commentaries on the Christian Spiritual tradition. 17th and 19th Century pamphlets. The Reading Room has texts, commentaries: and history, archaeology and architecture of the Christian monastic tradition with specific reference to English cathedrals, both monastic and secular.
Special Collections  The Old Library of pre 1800 books; The Reading Room (a subscription library for members to sit and study in the library, the 19th, 20th and 21st Century books).
Manuscripts  Archives of the Dean and Chapter from 11th Century to present day.
Research resource  
Catalogue Type Computer – Basic listing; not full entries, + Sheaf, no cross references 
URL of catalogue  A basic listing can be found at: http://environment.uwe.ac.uk/virtual
Other facilities  Researchers may request photographs which can usually be provided for a fee (pre-1800
Full Time Staff  
Part Time Staff  yes
Voluntary Staff yes 
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library