Downside Library


Monks and books have from the outset been close friends. 

The link that Benedictine monks made between the love of learning and the desire for God led to the part they were to play from the Eighth Century in the revival of education in the new Europe of the Middle Ages. The same sense of purpose inspires our engagement with culture today. 

Thanks to the ‘Beacon of Learning’ project, we are delighted to be able to share our collections with you, please contact us if you’d like to arrange a visit.