The ChurchCare Library, maintained by the Cathedrals and Church Buildings Division, is a further collection within the central church bodies alongside Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre, and is located at Church House, Westminster.
The Library houses books and other material dedicated solely to ecclesiastical architecture, art, design and liturgy and is a unique research tool for readers interested in those areas. As well as over 13,000 books, mostly 19th and 20th-century, the collection includes copies of the records of the contents of over 1,500 individual churches compiled by the NADFAS Church Recorders; archival material including notebooks and papers of Canon Clarke and of Gordon Barnes; and extensive photographic collections.
The Division also holds detailed files on 16,000 parish churches, many containing guidebooks, postcards and photographs; the ChurchCare Library should be the first port of call for access to these, but please note that they are stored offsite.
The majority of the material held here is not searchable online. There is a card catalogue in the Library for printed books, and there are some finding aids for archival and image collections. Some printed books are now findable through Lambeth Palace Library’s online printed books catalogue. Please contact the Library for advice on locating the material you need.
The public are welcome to consult the collections by appointment. Please note that the library is only staffed part-time and so enquiries cannot always be answered swiftly.
Address: Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
Telephone +44 (0)20 7898 1884