We are open as usual, Tuesdays-Fridays 10am-5pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. Public tours on Wednesdays 1pm-4pm.
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Gift Membership for Christmas

Buy a unique gift of membership this year with our Christmas *special offer*

A unique gift

When you buy a membership of the DEI you are supporting a thriving independent library and educational charity.  You are contributing to the ongoing conservation of our stunning heritage building and collections.  But that’s not all….

Members can come and enjoy a heritage haven right in the heart of the city – an ideal step away from the hustle and bustle of the high street where you can find peace and calm in a unique atmosphere and enjoy a programme of events and workshops.

Our beautiful book-lined Georgian library, with its original collection, is a wonderful space for reading and study.  We have free wifi, newspapers, journals and magazines for our members to peruse at their leisure.  We have study rooms and creative spaces with views across to the Cathedral – one of the best views in the city.

Members can access to our unique reference heritage collection of books, periodicals, maps, ephemera, prints and drawings and specialist support from our library team.  Members can also access online research tools, such as the London Library and Ancestry, and you can borrow books and DVDs from our modern collection.

We offer an exciting and diverse programme of talks, workshops and events throughout the year.  There are also a number of special interest groups that members can join (book group/film club etc).

Junior membership includes weekly themed creative activities, our popular monthly Bookworms club and, best of all, the chance for young minds to develop their interests and imaginations exploring our books, some of which are over 500 years old.


Individual membership £100*

Couples membership £150*

Junior membership £12

*We charge an initial joining fee of £15.  All prices are for annual membership.


When you purchase a gift membership we will send your giftee an induction pack full of information about the Institution and what we’ve been up to recently.

To buy membership as a gift please contact our Membership Secretaries at [email protected] to discuss your requirements.