The Chapter Library

Last updated 7th November 2012 
Name of library The Chapter Library 
Address The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
Telephone 0191 386 2489 
Alternative names  
Contact & Job Title  Mrs Gabriel Sewell
Purpose & main user community of the library Serves the Chapter of Durham, members of the University of Durham and bona fide students. 
Terms of access  By arrangement with the Librarian
Opening hours  9.30am – 4.45pm Monday – Friday
Disabled access  Stairs
Lending to other libraries & visitors  Permission may be given to borrow only the modern books. No inter-library loans.
Number of volumes 40,000 
Periodicals – Back Issues  50
Current Periodicals  20
Other materials  3,000 mss., plus transparencies, microfilms, negatives and maps.
Volumes added per year  
Coverage  Bibliography, History, Palaeography, Local History, Monasticism, medieval manuscripts, early printed books and antiquarian manuscript collections.
Special Collections  
Manuscripts  A collection of over 300 m. books from the medieval Benedictine house and the earliest foundations at Wearmouth and Jarrow. Mss. of James Raine Snr., W. H. Longstaffe, Sir Cuthbert Sharp, Robert Surtees, Thomas Romans, Christopher Hunter, George Allen, Thomas Randall, J. B. Lightfoot, A. R. Tucker, W. Van Mildert, H. H. Henson and I. T. Ramsey.
Research resource  History of the Church of England; Monasticism; Anglican theological thought; History of church music.
Catalogue Type  Sheaf binder; published catalogue of printed music (1968) and mss. music (1986).
URL of catalogue  
Other facilities  Microfilms are available of all the medieval mss. and an increasing amount of music.
Full Time Staff  1
Part Time Staff  1
Voluntary Staff  
Changes in next five years affecting the above  
Anything else about the library