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Important notice: Access to Manuscripts, Diocesan and Cathedral Archives Suspended

For essential maintenance in our strong–rooms we regret to inform researchers that access to all manuscripts, diocesan and cathedral collections in the Library is suspended until further notice.

Parish record collections continue to be available. We will update you as soon as works are complete.


The Library currently holds 1,135 individual collections of manuscripts.

All of the available detailed handlists to many of these unique and distinctive collections (already in hardcopy in the Library) are now available to download through the hyperlinks on the Online Catalogue here

Others are unavailable for research, in whole or in part, because of these restrictions:

  • they have not been catalogued
  • they include material of a sensitive or confidential nature
  • of the terms and conditions under which they were deposited

Note this document is a PDF and 182 pages long. It was last updated in August 2022.



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