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Westminster Abbey and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Abbey is no longer open for public worship, general visiting or private prayer. Meanwhile, the community of Abbey clergy, privately and following guidance given, will sustain the worship of a building that has been a witness to God’s grace and glory for over a thousand years.

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Library & research

Catalogues

In our library, we have an extensive card catalogue and index to our medieval and early modern archive, and most of our modern one.

Seal bags attached to a manuscript in the collection of the Westminster Abbey Library

You can also see detailed indexes for the three main Abbey medieval cartularies (Westminster Domesday, Liber Niger and St Martin Le Grand) and separate indexes for the seal collection and lease books.

We’re currently in the process of transferring this enormous archive catalogue onto a database, and it will eventually be available online.

There’s a separate card index for the library's contents, and we are also gradually entering these into the database. But in the meantime, you can use this index in the library.

Contact us

Westminster Abbey Library
East Cloister
London
SW1P 3PA

[email protected]

020 7654 4830

At different times of the day, or in different seasons, the light falling in the Abbey will light up something that you have walked past a million times and never seen before.

Vanessa, Head of Conservation

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