News & events

Christmas Closure

Please note the Library is not open on Christmas Eve. The reading room closes at 19.30 on Thursday 19th of December 2019 and reopens on Thursday 2 January 2020 at 10.00.

Friday Closure

Please note that from October 2019 Lambeth Palace Library will be closed on Fridays. This is to give the staff time to prepare the collections for the move to the new library building. Opening hours will be 10am to 5pm on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 10am to 7.30 pm on Thursday.

Service Disruption 2020.

In the second half of 2020 Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre will be moving to a new building on the Lambeth Palace site. This will mean that the 30th of April 2020 will be the last day that the Lambeth Palace Library reading room will be open and also the last day the Church of England Record Centre reading room will be open before the opening of the new building in early 2021. There might also be a delay in answering some types of enquiries. Information will be posted here as soon as it becomes available. Please check before you travel and contact us at if you have any questions.

Forthcoming events

Tuesday 26 November, 5.15pm (admittance not beforeTuesday 26 November, 5.15pm (admittance not before 4.45pm)

Professor John Craig (Simon Fraser University): ‘William Holcot's Books: Recantation and Repentance in Reformation England’. 

William Holcot was a mid-Tudor gentleman, bibliophile and lay reader in the early Elizabethan church, whose experience of recantation during the reign of Queen Mary powerfully shaped his thoughts and actions during the Elizabethan period. Very little survives from Holcot's life but the few pieces that do enrich our understanding of a particular stream of Elizabethan Protestantism. This event will be followed by a drinks reception.

n association with the University of London seminar on the Religious History of Britain 1500-1800.  All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at, or email not later than Friday 22nd November. 4.45pm)

Wednesday 4 December, 6pm (admittance from 5.30pm)

Christmas reception for the Friends of Lambeth Palace Library and their guests, in the State Drawing Room, Lambeth Palace.

Tickets £10 per head, to include wine and mince pies. To book, please send names in advance to Melissa Harrison, melissa.harrison@churchofengland.orgor telephone 020 7898 1400, not later than Friday 22 November.





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