Lambeth Palace Library
The National Library & Archive
of the Church of England
Our vision & mission, a brief history of the Library, and a tour of our new building.
Using the Library
How to obtain a ticket, book an appointment, and find us.
Catalogues, guides, and information about individual collections.
Imaging Services, Exhibition Loans and self-service photography for the public, the National Church Institutions, and the wider Church.
The new Collections Care studio is at the heart of the Library’s design and is central to its mission.
Friends of the Library
The Friends of Lambeth Palace Library was founded in 1964 and provides invaluable assistance in the acquisition of rare materials and in conservation.
DONATE TO THE LIBRARY
Help make the work of the library possible. Your generosity is vital in helping us to care for nationally significant collections, manuscripts and rare books. With your support the conservation, cataloguing, and digitisation of this important collection can continue to be undertaken, preserving the treasures of the past for future generations and ensuring they remain free and accessible to all.
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Sign up below to find out all the latest news about Lambeth Palace Library. As well as the regular email newsletter we will send you updates about Library events and talks.
Click on View Calendar for a list of all events or to see events by month.
- Easter ClosureThe Library closes for Easter on Wednesday 5 April at 5pm and reopens on Tuesday 11 April at 11am.
- Saturday OpeningDuring 2023 Lambeth Palace Library will be open on one Saturday a month. If there proves to be sufficient demand, Saturday […]
- See the Library’s new Youtube videoLambeth Palace Library has released the first video on its new Youtube Channel. Dr Sarah Griffin, Assistant Archivist, looks at illuminated […]
Join the Friends of the Library
The Friends of Lambeth Palace Library (registered charity no. 313023) was founded in 1964 to support the Library. It provides invaluable assistance in the acquisition of rare books and manuscripts and in the conservation of the collections, helping the Library to develop and flourish. Friends receive regular invitations to lectures, behind the scenes tours, exhibitions and events in the Library and Palace, amongst other benefits.
The Library Blog – A Monument of Fame
Our blog is so named because James I famously called Lambeth Palace Library “a monument of fame in my kingdom”. The blog contains posts about important books, manuscripts and archives from the collections and the stories behind them, as well as news about Library developments.