Collections Held at Lambeth Palace Library
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Archbishop Frederick Temple (Print XVI-17A)

Research Guides

Downloadable guides to primary and secondary sources held at Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre, relating to popular research topics such as Anglican clergy and family history.

Archbishop William Laud (Lambeth Palace Portrait)

Archbishops' Archives

Papers relating to the role and work of the Archbishops of Canterbury. 
Gutenberg Bible (MS 15 f.46r)


The manuscripts series contains a broad range of material accumulated by Archbishops of Canterbury and the Library.
Patriarch Abdallah (Lambeth Palace Portrait)

Churchmen and Societies

Includes papers of Bishops of London, Bishop George Bell and various Anglican societies.
Finishing with gold leaf in the Library's Conservation Studio


The Library carries out a range of conservation and preservation work on its collections in order to ensure they are preserved for future generations.
Titus Oates (Prints XI-240)

Printed Books

The Library holds over 120,000 books, 40,000 pamphlets and 100 current periodicals relating mainly to the history of the Church of England.

Sion College Library

The manuscripts, pre-1850 printed books and pamphlets of Sion College Library which were transferred to Lambeth Palace Library in 1996.
Queen Anne's Bounty First Charter (1704)

Church of England Record Centre collections

The Church of England Record Centre held the archives of the central institutions of the Church of England including the Church Commissioners and the General Synod and their predecessor organisations. CERC has now merged with the Library and all collections are there.