Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers) Library

Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers), The Library
Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

(020) 7663 1135


Rail: Euston station is opposite; King’s Cross is a 10 minute walk.

Tube: Nearest underground stations are Euston, Euston Square, or King’s Cross.

Bus: Buses 10, 18, 30, 73 & 205 stop outside.

Hours of opening:

Tuesday - Friday 1000 - 1700
The library is closed on UK public holidays


Open to members of the Religious Society of Friends, and the public. New readers must complete a registration form and provide proof of identity which includes permanent address.

Access to materials and collections: there is a 50-year closure rule on archival materials.

Disabled access: the Library is situated on the ground floor and is accessed via automatic doors.

Reader places:


Librarian in charge:

David Blake, Head of Library and Archives

Staff availability:

Throughout hours of opening


Printed books – card catalogue for 1801-1988 stock; computer catalogue for pre-1801 and post-1988 stock (see for on-line access to the catalogue)

Manuscripts and archives– card catalogue and hand lists.


Own scheme


86,000 books & pamphlets; approx.1,000 periodical titles, of which 200 are current and 3,000 bound periodical volumes

43,000 photographs, slides and negatives

Approx. 2,500 metres of archival materials and manuscripts

940 microfilms, including films of primary Quaker sources held elsewhere.

Special collections or strengths:

This is the main library of Quakerism and Quaker history in the UK. It holds books, pamphlets and periodicals from 17th century onwards covering Quaker history, thought and practice, and subjects in which Quakers have been active, such as peace, humanitarian assistance, prison reform and the anti-slavery movement. The library also holds a unique collection of anti-Quaker tracts.

The library holds the central archives and records of the Religious Society of Friends in Britain and the archives of Quaker meetings in London & Middlesex. The manuscripts collection contains private and family papers, sources of early Quaker history, such as the Swarthmore manuscripts collection of 17th and 18th century letters and documents, and archives of Quaker organisations, such as the Friends Ambulance Unit, and other bodies with Quaker associations.

The library’s picture collection consists mostly of photographs of Friends, meeting houses and aspects of Quaker work both in the UK and overseas.

Additional facilities:

Microfilm reader (to be booked in advance; a charge is made for genealogical research); photocopying and digital copying; photography by arrangement; WiFi in the Reading Room; bookshop, café and restaurant in Friends House.