Cathedral Libraries (Heritage catalogue)

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About the Cathedral Libraries Catalogue

The Cathedral Libraries database is not a current catalogue of the cathedral holdings. It represents an electronic version of the following book:

M.S.G. McLeod, ed., and completed K.I. James and D. J. Shaw. The Cathedral Libraries Catalogue: Books printed before 1701 in the Libraries of the Anglican cathedrals of England and Wales: Volume II (Books printed on the Continent of Europe before 1701 in the libraries of the Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales). London: Bibliographical Society and the British Library, 1984.

This includes details of materials printed on the continent of Europe before 1701 and held in the libraries of 37 Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales. Records for Cathedral Libraries books printed in the British Isles and British America and English books printed elsewhere are included in the English Short Title Catalogue.

The Cathedral Libraries catalogue is a 'historic' catalogue representing the holdings of the cathedrals during the mid to late twentieth century when it was first created, so there is no guarantee that all the books in the catalogue are still in their original location: notably the library of Ely Cathedral was sold in 1972. For access to materials recorded on the catalogue it is important to contact the relevant cathedral library to ensure the document is available and to check access arrangements.

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For access to materials recorded on the catalogue it is important to contact the relevant cathedral library to ensure the document is available, and to check access arrangements.

Cathedral Libraries Catalogue data on Copac

Example record from the Cathedral Libraries Catalogue:

Quaestiones Hieronymianae, in quibus expenditur Hieronymi nupera editio Parisina, multaque ad criticam sacram & profanam pertinentia agitantur. / [By Le Clerc, Jean 1657-1736.]
  Published: Amstelodami : apud J. Lud. De Lorme 1700

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