The new reading room is now open. Initially, the opening hours will be 10 am to 4.30 pm Tuesday to Thursday, but we hope to extend them soon.
Admission is by appointment only and material should be ordered in advance of your visit. Please book a space using the form below.
We look forward to welcoming you to the new Lambeth Palace Library.
Access to the Library’s collections is freely available to the public and appointments are not necessary. However, on their first visit users must register as a reader. Registration is valid for two years and allow access to all classes of material with the exception of some restricted material.
Register as a Reader
In order to be registered, readers should bring the following: one piece of photo ID and one proof of address. Church of England clergy listed in the current Crockford’s Clerical Directory.
Readers should present one piece of ID from each of the following lists:
- 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 statement.
- 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.
Pre-ordered material will be ready on arrival. To order further material use the slips provided at the issue desk/on the reading room tables. Please fill in all details as failure to do so may delay the retrieval of your material. Please note that we currently have limited capacity to fetch material ordered on the day and that there may be delays especially in the period 12pm-2pm.
When your material is ready a member of staff will bring it to you. Five items may be issued at any time but you may order more. Un-issued items will be kept at the issue desk until an item is returned and then will be issued.
If you would like to consult the collections you will need to make an appointment using the form below. We will then confirm your booking. If you are unable to make your appointment, please let us know. Please give at least 2 working days’ notice and check the references of the items you wish to see.