About the Library and Archives

Housed in the West Wing of the Bishop’s Palace is a modern library and archive facility in which are preserved and made accessible the Dean & Chapter’s many thousands of books and documents, which span the 10th to 21st centuries.

The Library contains medieval manuscripts, early printed books and modern published texts on a remarkable range of subjects including local history, theology, medicine, science and many more.

The Archives contain unique original records documenting the history of the Cathedral and its Dean & Chapter including the buildings, people and former estates across Devon and Cornwall (and Bampton, Oxfordshire).

A display in the entrance hall of the Library and Archives is open Monday-Friday, 10:00-16:00. 

Contact Us

Telephone 01392 421423

Email the Archivist 
Email the Librarian 
Email the Canon Librarian 

Online Catalogue

The Library & Archives online catalogue is hosted on an external site. View the catalogue online.

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