Visiting the Archives & Library
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The Archives and Library of Canterbury Cathedral welcome all researchers with interests in our collections.
Access to the collections of the Archives and Library is provided according to our Access Policy.
The Archives and Library reading room is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10.15am until 4pm, with a closure over lunchtime. Spaces are limited; please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a booking, giving at least five working days’ notice. The reading room will close after Thursday 16th December 2021 and reopen on Wednesday 12th January 2022.
For the Cathedral’s Privacy Notice, please click here.
Enjoy a visit to the Cathedral Library, which houses books from the early years of printing to the present day. Visit the splendid Library building, built in the 17th century and adapted in the 19th century, learn about the history of the Cathedral’s Library collections, and see some examples of fine printed books.
14.00, Wednesday 6 October 2021. Cost £8 per person; bookable on the day or in advance by email to email@example.com.
For more information about the branch, and useful information about family history research in the Canterbury area, see https://www.kfhs.org.uk/canterbury.
Permission to publish
Those wishing to publish images from our collections should complete our permission to publish form.
The Archives will respond to routine enquiries about its collections. We aim to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days. For commissioning genealogical research and other detailed research on our collections, please see our Independent Researchers list.
Information for depositors
The Cathedral Archives collects according to the Cathedral’s Collection Development policy. Material can be accepted as a gift, loan (deposit) or bequest. See here for our gift and loan agreements. Please contact us to arrange the delivery of new material.
Lambeth Palace Library where the papers of the Archbishops of Canterbury are held. See also for useful research guides.
Kent History and Library Centre for the County Council’s archive centre.
Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kent where the papers of Dean Hewlett Johnson, and other archive collections are held.
Findmypast – a leading family history website, which includes parish registers from the Cathedral Archives
Kent Archaeological Society – Monumental inscriptions for Kent parishes