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Visit to Lambeth Palace Library [Event Ref. No. TG4V/LPL]


2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Lambeth Palace
Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7JU

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Lambeth Palace Library is the historic library and record office of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the principal repository of the documentary history of the Church of England. Its collections have been freely available for research since 1610. The records held here date from the 9th century to the present day, and their broad scope reflects the office of Archbishop as head of the Province of Canterbury, his national and international roles in leading the Church of England and the Anglican Communion worldwide, and the wealth and power of Archbishops in past centuries which enabled them to collect books and manuscripts of the highest quality and significance.

James I described the Library as ‘a monument of fame’ in his kingdom. Peter the Great, who visited in 1698, is recorded as saying that nothing in England astonished him as much as Lambeth Palace Library; he had never thought there were so many books in all the world.

In 1996 Lambeth Palace Library took into its care all the early collections of Sion College, the historic library of the City of London clergy, which comprise manuscripts, pre-1850 printed books, and pamphlets. Its collection complements that of Lambeth with a key focus on the Church, but a rich diversity of other subject material.

This visit will be comprised of a talk and a tour of the Library and a small display. There may be an opportunity to view some of the public areas of the Palace. This visit will be of interest to archivists and library and information professionals who work who work with or who are interested in historical collections.

Tea and coffee will be provided as part of the visit.

This visit is free of charge.

Address: Lambeth Palace Library, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7JU

Information on how to get to Lambeth Palace Library:

Meeting details: Attendees should report to the gatehouse of Lambeth Palace (not the Library entrance) where they will be collected by library staff.

This visit is free of charge.

To reserve a space please use our online booking form or email the administrator via

Please note that there are limited places available for this visit.

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