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Great Hall, Lambeth Palace

History of Lambeth Palace Library

Founded in 1610, the Library is one of England's oldest public libraries, and has had a rich and varied history.

Lambeth Palace Library Reading Room

Using the Library

Information on using the Library's collections and on how to obtain a ticket.

Lambeth Palace Library entrance v2

Getting Here

The Library is located in central London near the Houses of Parliament and is easily reached by public transport.
Archbishop Richard Bancroft (Lambeth Palace Portrait)

Opening Hours

The Library is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays and from 10am to 7.30pm on Thursdays. Please note that the Library is closed on Mondays. The Library will close for Easter at 7.30pm on Thursday 17 April and re-open at 10am on Tuesday 29 April 2014.

Please note that access to our printed collections will be severely curtailed in the period May to December.

Finishing with gold leaf in the Library's Conservation Studio

Conservation

The Library carries out a range of conservation and preservation work on its collections in order to ensure they are preserved for future generations.
Queen Anne's Bounty First Charter (1704)

Using the Church of England Record Centre

The Church of England Record Centre holds the archive of the central bodies of the Church of England: the Church Commissioners, Archbishops' Council and National Society, as well as the records of their predecessor bodies.
CBC St John's, Waterloo

Records Management Guides

The records management guides (accessible by clicking on the resources links to the right of this page) have been researched and produced by records and archive management specialists at the Church of England Record Centre, drawing on expert advice from The National Archives, Local Record Offices and the wider archive profession.

Interior of Newton in Clifton church, Staffs

Cathedrals and Church Buildings Library

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

Applewoman Outside Lambeth Palace (Print XXVI-09)

Job Vacancies

The Library has no vacancies at the moment. Those that arise will be advertised here and via relevant professional email lists and publications.