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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 will close for Easter at 7.30pm on Thursday 2 April and will reopen at 10am on Tuesday 14 April 2015.

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.

Access to our printed collections will be severely curtailed until at least August 2015.

Finishing with gold leaf in the Library's Conservation Studio


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.
Interior of Newton in Clifton church, Staffs

ChurchCare Library

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

Applewoman Outside Lambeth Palace (Print XXVI-09)

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