The Reading Room

The Reading Room was created in 2002 in order to allow much wider access to the post 1800 books and journals. The collection complements and extends that of the Chained Library, with modern translations and commentaries on theological and spiritual works as well as books on history, biography, archaeology and all aspects of cathedral life.

Opening Hours

The Reading Room is open Mondays to Fridays 11.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.00. It is also often open Saturday mornings. Be aware that access is by a stone spiral staircase and may not be suitable for those with mobility problems.

Visitors are welcome throughout opening times, however readers requiring a quiet study environment will be given priority. The Chained Library can be viewed by the public from the Reading Room, and provides opportunities for enchanting photographs.

A catalogue is available in the Reading Room.

To become a subscriber at an annual cost of £10 (£7.50 if payment is by standing order), please apply to the Librarian at the address below:

Cathedral Offices, Chain Gate, Cathedral Green, Wells, BA5 2UE

To book a tour of the Chained Library guided by the Cathedral Librarian please email . We need two weeks’ notice. Booked tours are for a minimum of 8 people and maximum of 12 and cost £10 per person inc. VAT.  Please allow one and a half hours for the tour.