Lambeth Palace Library

The National Library & Archive
of the Church of England

News & Events

  • Reading Room Closure
    The Reading Room will be closed on Wednesday 14 February. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused. The Reading Room will be open as usual on Thursday 15 February.
  • Saturday Opening
    Lambeth Palace Library will continue to trial Saturday opening one Saturday a month during 2024. For further information and a list of dates please see: Saturday Opening – Lambeth Palace… Read more: Saturday Opening

Upcoming Events

About

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Our vision & mission, a brief history of the Library, and a tour of our new building.
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Using the Library

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How to obtain a ticket, book an appointment, and find us.
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Collections

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Catalogues, guides, and information about individual collections.
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Support our Work

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. 


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.

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Services

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Imaging Services, Exhibition Loans and self-service photography for the public.

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Collections Care

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The new Collections Care studio is at the heart of the Library’s design and is central to its mission.

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Services to the wider Church

The Operations team provide internal records storage and retrieval services for NCI staff and respond to diocesan enquiries.
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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.

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