St David's Cathedral Library is the only Cathedral Library in situ in Wales. The present Collection dates back to the 16th Century and the Reformation. We have copies of some of the early Bibles in Welsh and early Bibles in English.
Find out more about what we do and the services we offer using the links below. See also our Blog, which investigates a variety of themed topics.
Join us for an introductory tour of the Library and the Collection by the Dean of St Davids, The Very Rev'd Dr Sarah Rowland Jones.
During the current pandemic there is no general public access to the Library. Support is still being provided to researchers whenever possible. Online events and lectures have been held during 2020. These are available on the links on this website and on the Cathedral YouTube Channel. Virtual visits to the Library have been held for particuar interested groups. Arrangements for visits during 2021 will be available on this website and on the Twitter account @StDavCathLib which is also available at the bottom right hand corner of this page.
Please send any research and other enquiries to Library@StDavidsCathedral.org.uk.
We are very grateful to everyone who feels able to support St Davids Cathedral LIbrary with a donation.
Please click on this link to go to our Donation page. - Please donate here
The Donations page will direct you to a Gift Aid Declaration, if you are a UK Taxpayer and would like us to claim this back from the UK Government.
We use our income to conserve the books and to maintain a safe environment in the medieval Iibrary room. Some of the books we can care for in-house and sometimes we have to send books in the worst condition away to specialist conservators. We try and maintain a continual programme of assessing and conserving the books. The humidity and temperature of the LIbrary is continually monitored. Access to the unique Library Collection is provided by a range of means. This includes two display cases in the Cathedral Treasury. There are always books from the Collection on public display whenever the Cathedral is open. Normally the Cathedral Library would be open to the public two afternoons every week, for which a small fee is charged. This has not been possible since mid March 2020. This means we are lacking our usual income and so are especially appreciative of all donations at this time.
Many thanks / Diolch
UK LIBRARIES WEEK 5TH OCTOBER-10TH OCTOBER 2020
For Libraries Week in 2020 we are running a series of online, virtual events, videoed Talks, Blogs, Twitter Threads, Facebook posts and much else.
Check out our Twitter feed further down this page so you don't miss out on any of it. For links, and more information, email to: Library@StDavidsCathedral.org.uk
Videos will be posted on the Cathedral YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCncOKz_Y5XSh4CO9aR6qEnQ
Monday 5th October
8am - Dean's Welcome to St Davids Cathedral Library Libraries Week programme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd6w2MAObyE&t=1s
8.30am - Beibl HendyGwyn - a previously unknown copy of the 1620 Bible revealed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLWjREJ4aUs
2-30pm - Norman Doe's exploration of the Influence of William Lyndwood. Part 1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4ZTHxqC8hE
Tuesday 6th October
9.30am - "Not Unprecedented?" Dr Heather Payne explores Richard Mead's 1720 "Discourses on Contagion" and its implications for us in 2020. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX9JtfxyhAI&t=88s
2.30pm - Norman Doe's exploration of the Influence of William Lyndwood. Part 2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_L1rh_ofMI0
Wednesday 7th October
10.00am - S4C CYNEFIN programme extracts from St Davids Cathedral Library https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDXbAkfBbds&t=5s
2.30pm - Norman Doe's exploration of the Influence of William Lyndwood. Part 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aj2MDJFMKm0&t=144s
Thursday 8th October
"Then & Now" What does St David's Cathedral as described by Jones & Freeman in 1856 look like in 2020? - see more on Cathedral Facebook site and in Twitter thread at bottom right of this page.
2.30pm - Norman Doe's exploration of the Influence of William Lyndwood. Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IRKs7OGjOU
Friday 9th October
2.30pm - Norman Doe's exploration of the Influence of William Lyndwood. Part 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqGT4VEYqPA
THE HISTORY & ANTIQUITIES OF ST DAVID'S by W B Jones & E A Freeman 1856
This book is one of several in the Cathedral Library collection that has had significant influence in the many years since its first publication. This was partly what the authors intended. In the book they have brought together a series of other publications and reports on the dilapted state of the Cathedral at the time and their arguments on the special place St Davids warrants in christianity in Wales and so how the Cathedral deserved care, attention, investment, restoration and recognition. So it was a campaigning book. They were supported by the then Bishop of St David's, Connop Thirlwall. One of the subscribers to the original book was architect George Gilbert Scott who was inspired by the whole exercise. Over the next 5 decades Gilbert Scott, and then his son Oldrid, oversaw the restoration of St Davids Cathedral to much of what we know in 2020. We have several different copies of the original 1856 book in the Cathedral LIbrary.
We are fortunate to have been able to work with the Pembrokeshire County Archives to bring back into circulation the fascinating facsimile of the original book. Originally published in 1998 by Pembrokeshire County Council Cultural Services, we are now able to sell this book in our Cathedral shop for £20 and by post on application by email to library@StDavidsCathedral.org.uk.
2020 IS THE CENTENARY OF THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE CHURCH IN WALES IN 1920
The Cathedral Library has been working with Professor Norman Doe, Director of the Centre of Law and Religion, Cardiff University, and Cambridge University Press to facilitate discussion on a new book edited by Norman Doe: A New History of the Church in Wales. Governance and Ministry, Theology and Society.
Norman Doe delivered the Annual Lecture of the Friends of St Davids Cathedral on 12th September 2020. It is available via the Cathedral YouTube Channel. This fascinating book is for sale from St Davids Cathedral shop at £20.
For arrangements to purchase by post, email firstname.lastname@example.org.