Lambeth Palace Library


Lambeth Palace Library, London SE1 7JU

(020) 7898 1400
(020) 7928 7932 (fax)

Hours of opening:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 1000 - 1700
Wednesday 1030 - 1700
(Closed to readers for ten days at Christmas and at Easter)


Open for reference only to all bona fide researchers on production of a letter of introduction, two passport-sized photographs and proof of address.

Reader places:


Librarian in charge:

Giles Mandelbrote, MA, FSA                                                       

Staff availability:

Throughout the hours of opening.


OPAC available on-line via Library website for Lambeth printed books collection. Catalogue records are also uploaded onto COPAC

Card catalogue available in the Library for the Sion College collection.

Manuscript and archive collections catalogue can be accessed via the Library website. There are also published and typescript catalogues and indexes available for the archives and manuscripts collection. Church Plans Online (12000 digitised plans from the files of the Incorporated Church Building Society) is available via or via the Library's website.

An overview of all the collections can be found on the Library website.


Library of Congress modified. Manuscripts and archives unclassified.


130,000 books; 40,000 pamphlets; 100 current periodicals; 4,500 manuscripts.  

Archives of the Archbishop (Registers, Modern Papers, Faculty Office, Vicar General, Court of Arches); collections of the Bishops of London (Fulham Papers), and of leading Churchmen and Bishops, including the Rev. John Newton and Bishop Bell of Chichester, and Church of England Societies. Also early collections from Sion College, 11th century - 1850 (35,000).

Special collections or strengths:

All aspects of history, including political and social, but with particular emphasis on the history of the Church in England, in the American and West Indian colonies, and within the Anglican Communion. Large collection of plans of 19th century churches. Numerous pamphlet literature, especially on sixteenth to nineteenth century religious and political controversies, and other subjects.

Additional facilities:

Photocopying and other photographic facilities available. Wi-Fi available in reading room.  Film and fiche readers and printer. Ultra violet lamp. Watermark viewer. Tea and coffee area for readers.