Lambeth Palace Library

Repository code: GB 0109
Address: Lambeth Palace Road, London
Postcode: SE1 7JU
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7898 1400
Fax: +44 (0)20 7928 7932
Enquiries: The Archivist

Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library of the archbishops of Canterbury and the principal library and record office for the history of the Church of England. The Library focuses on ecclesiastical history, but its rich collections are important for an immense variety of topics from the history of art and architecture to colonial and Commonwealth history, including missionary-related material, and for innumerable aspects of English social, political and economic history. It is also a significant resource for local history and genealogy.

In addition to discrete missionary-related collections described by Mundus, other materials particularly relevent to mission studies and the Anglican Church overseas are the papers of the Archbishops of Canterbury, particularly those of the late 19th and the 20th centuries (for which typescript catalogues are available). Also of interest are the Fulham Papers (of the Bishops of London), the Lambeth Conference Papers, and other manuscript collections such as those of Baroness Burdett-Coutts (Canada and Australia); the minutes of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Eastern Churches Committee (1924-1932); the minutes and registers of St Peter's Church Association, Basra (1934-1968; foreign registers such as those of Shanghai (1849-1951), Shantung (1906-1950), Basrah and Baghdad; the papers of A C Headlam, Bishop of Gloucester; the papers of E J Palmer, Bishop of Bombay (for India); and the papers of the Archbishop's Overseas Advisory Committee (1931-47).

Mundus collections: 13
Access conditions:

All readers should obtain a ticket valid for 5 years, issued on production of appropriate forms of identification. For a ticket valid for all classes of material please bring a formal letter of introduction (eg, from an academic supervisor/colleague, archivist, librarian, employer, vicar), along with proof of permanent address (eg, driving licence, utility bill) and two recent passport-style photographs.

For a ticket valid for modern printed material (post-1800), wills and microfilm only, please bring proof of permanent address (eg, driving licence, utility bill) and two recent passport-style photographs.

Special permission is needed for access to some categories of material, notably original illuminated manuscripts.

For wheelchair access, contact the library in advance.

Readers may use their own portable computers in the reading room, provided that they do not disturb others. Microfilm and microfiche readers and an ultra-violet lamp are available, as are a range of reprographic services. Details are available from

Tea and coffee are available in the Library, and readers are welcome to bring sandwiches and similar refreshments to consume in the refreshment area.

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 10.00-17.00. Closed: ten days from Good Friday and ten days from Christmas Eve; other times in exceptional circumstances. Full details are posted at