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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 at certain times one or both of the reading rooms may be closed, may have reduced opening hours or that access to particular collections may be restricted. There might also be a delay in answering some types of enquiries. We anticipate that normal service will resume early in 2021. 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

Monday 16 September, 6pm (entrance not before 5.30pm)
Dr Nina Adamova (St Petersburg University and British Academy Visiting Fellow): ‘Reading church history in early modern England: Three annotated copies of the Nuremberg Chronicle (1493) and their readers’.

This talk will explore how English readers in the 16th and 17th centuries interacted with books on church history. The talk will feature three annotated copies of the celebrated Nuremberg Chronicle, which previously belonged to various English readers, including Henry VIII, and are now in the collections of Lambeth Palace Library.

All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at or email melissa.harrison@churchofengland.orgnot later than Wednesday 11th September.


The Library regrets that the lecture scheduled for Wednesday 18 September 5pm, by Dr Megan Aldrich: ‘Thomas Rickman, a Quaker Architect and the Anglicans’, has been cancelled.



Monday 23 September, 5pm (entrance not before 4.30pm)
Bishop Richard Harries: ‘Wanting more and wanting better’.

The usual assumption is that Christianity disapproves of us wanting things. Thomas Traherne takes a very different line, saying we don’t want enough. But when we have moved out of innocent bliss into a world of sin and suffering, how do we manage this wanting?

In association with the Traherne Society. All are welcome, but those wishing to attend should book a free ticket at or email melissa.harrison@churchofengland.orgnot later than Tuesday 17 September.


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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