Hours & tickets


Lambeth Palace Library has now moved into its new building. We are now open Tuesday to Thursday, 10.30 to 16.30 by appointment only.  Places are strictly limited. Please note that all readers will be asked to register again when they first come to the new reading room. 

Registering as a reader

Access to the Library's collections is freely available but on their first visit users must register as a reader. 

In order to register, readers should bring the following: one piece of photo ID and one proof of address. Church of England clergy with entry in the current Crockford's Clerical Directory do not need to bring evidence of address.

Readers should present one piece of ID from each of the following lists:

Photo ID

  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Police/customs/Home Office/warrant card
  • Forces ID card
  • Expired Lambeth Palace Library card

Proof of address

  • Recent (less than 3 months old) utility bill (Gas, Electricity, Telephone, Water)
  • Recent (less than 3 months old) bank/building society statemen.
  • Credit card statement
  • Council tax bill/council rent book, state pension book
  • Benefit/family credit book
  • Passports (where the address has been officially entered by the issuing authority)
  • Driving licence (where the address has been officially entered by the issuing authority)

Please note that if an item appears on both lists it can only be used once.

Restricted material is identified as such in the online catalogues. For this material, surrogates (e.g. colour microfilm) are usually produced. Readers wishing to consult the originals should contact the Library in advance, in writing or by email, to request permission, explaining the nature of the research and why access to original material is necessary.

Members of staff of the National Church Institutions should bring their staff pass, which will be valid for all classes of material with the exception of restricted material such as illuminated manuscripts.

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