Hereford Cathedral Library

Last updated 1st January 2020
Name of library Hereford Cathedral Library
Address 5 College Cloisters, Hereford, HR1 2NG 
Telephone 01432 374225
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Contact & Job Title Dr Rosemary Firman, Cathedral Librarian
Purpose & main user community of the library To care for the cathedral’s historic collections of books, archives, images and objects (including the Hereford Mappa Mundi and the Hereford Cathedral Chained Library); to provide appropriate access to them for researchers at all levels, students and members of the public, through reading room access, exhibitions, talks and visits, online catalogues and social media; to provide a modern lending and reference library which supports religious studies and research on the cathedral’s history.
Terms of access Open to all, free of charge
Opening hours Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10am-4pm; 1st Saturday of each month 10am-1pm. Other times by appointment.
Disabled access Lift to all floors, accessible toilet, parking by arrangement
Lending to other libraries & visitors Lending library open to all; inter-library loan of lending books on request; loans of historic books and documents to exhibitions.
Number of volumes c20,000 
Periodicals – Back Issues 90 titles (total, including current)
Current Periodicals 30 titles
Other materials Archives, images (including digital), museum objects
Volumes added per year c.300 
Coverage Books from the 8th century to the present, mainly on religious and historical subjects.
Special Collections Library of the Hereford College of Vicars Choral; Library of All Saints Parish Church Hereford; More Parish Library (on deposit); Library of Lady Hawkins School Kington (on deposit).
Manuscripts 229 medieval manuscript books
Research resource
Catalogue Type Printed books online; medieval manuscripts published catalogue; archives partly on TNA Discovery
URL of catalogue
Other facilities Microfilm reader; photocopying
Full Time Staff  2
Part Time Staff  1
Voluntary Staff  9
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