Sir William Hamilton at Mount Vesuvius (Arc E61.1-H18 pl 38)

Please note that the Library Reading Room will close for Easter at 7.30 pm on Thursday, 13th April and will re-open on Tuesday, 25th April at 10.00 am

Prophecy writer S.J. Parris swaps Elizabethan stories with historian and author of The Private Lives of the Tudors Tracy Borman at Lambeth palace Library on Wednesday 19th April

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)

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St.Luke from a Byzantine Gospel Book (MS 1176, p206)

Dating from the 10th to the 19th centuries the collection consists of fifty-five manuscripts acquired by the Library since its founding in 1610.


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.


Selected items from the collections are now available in the Library's image management system, Luna.

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