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. 

Please note that, during the week commencing Monday 18th September, access to the Library and Archives will be by prior appointment only.

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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