Welcome to Canterbury Cathedral Library. Books have played an important role in the life of the Cathedral since the time of St Augustine. From the time of the Reformation, a series of donations have formed the core of the holdings now in the Cathedral Library. The Library contains about 30,000 books and pamphlets printed before 1900, and an expanding collection of some 20,000 books and serials published in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Collections are particularly rich in books on church history, older theology, national and local history, travel, natural science, medicine and the anti-slavery movement.