Library

Library


Wells Cathedral’s Chained Library was built over the East Cloister following instructions in the will of Bishop Bubwith who died in 1424. It was the largest medieval library in England when it opened in the 1450s. It is one of only four such chained libraries in the country. The Reading Room was created in 2002 in order to allow much wider access to the post 1800 books and journals.

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Wells Cathedral re-opens to all visitors on Monday 17 May 2021. Please note: The Cathedral, Shop and Café will be closing at the earlier time of 1pm on Monday 17th May. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.