Diocesan press releases

Cathedral Library gets new lease of life

A major investment programme is under way in the St Davids Cathedral library.

A £45,000 donation over three years by the Friends of St Davids Cathedral has enabled work to begin on:

  • restoring key parts of its collection of 6000 books affected by high humidity
  • installing systems to control humidity and so protect the collection
  • enhance cataloguing and IT systems
  • create more shelf space
  • improve facilities for visiting scholars

St Davids is the only one of the six Welsh cathedrals to have an on-site library. The chamber dates back to the fourteenth century and its vast collection includes books and manuscripts dating from the 1500s up to the present day, covering a wide range of topics, both theological and otherwise.

(L-R) Development Officer Mari James, Bishop Wyn and Fr Harri Williams, Hon Sec, Friends of St Davids Cathedral

The project is being managed by  Library Development Officer Mari James and Bishop Wyn Evans, a former Dean of the Cathedral, who retired as Bishop of St Davids last year.

“This is one of the jewels in the cathedral’s crown,” Bishop Wyn said. “And despite its age it is a living entity. But it’s bulging at the seams. The generous contribution by the Friends will allow us to start addressing this.”

The Cathedral is also keen to recruit volunteers to enable them to extend opening the library to the public beyond the current one afternoon a week.

“Additional opening is essential to introduce visitors and pilgrims to the jewel which is the library, as well as enabling greater access for scholars and researchers” Bishop Wyn said.