Finishing with gold leaf in the Library's Conservation Studio

Owing to an event taking place at Lambeth Palace, the Reading Room will close at 5pm on Thursday 17th December. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Due to essential building work access to our printed collections will be severely curtailed until at least January 2016. If you are planning to visit the Library during this period to consult our printed collections please contact us as far in advance as possible.

Mon: Closed
Tues, Wed, Fri: 10am-5pm
Thurs: 10am-7.30pm

Queen Anne's Bounty First Charter (1704)

The Church of England Record Centre holds the archive of the central bodies of the Church of England.


English Book of Hours c.1280-1290 (MS 3599 f.64v)

Join the Friends of the Library to support its work and to receive copies of some of the Library's publications and invitations to events.

Interior of Newton in Clifton church, Staffs

The ChurchCare Library at Church House, Westminster houses books and other material relating to ecclesiastical architecture and related topics.


The manuscripts, pre-1850 printed books and pamphlets of Sion College Library which were transferred to Lambeth Palace Library in 1996.

The Martyrdom of St Stephen

Timeline showing a selection of the books and manuscripts that the Friends have helped the Library to acquire.

Archbishop Frederick Temple (Print XVI-17A)

Downloadable guides to primary and secondary sources held at Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre, relating to popular research topics such as Anglican clergy and family history.

The Church
of England
Lambeth Palace Library has been designated
as an outstanding collection by the
Museums, Libraries and Archives Council