Libraries and Archives

Welcome to the libraries and archives of the Church of England. The links on these pages are the gateway to the many treasures of the documentary heritage of the Church of England:

  • Lambeth Palace Library and Archive - the historic Library of the Archbishops of Canterbury and the library and record office for the history of the Church of England including many downloadable research guides to material held in the Library and Church of England Record Centre

    Click on the link in the Related Links box to go to the Lambeth Palace Library website.

  • The Church of England Record Centre - holding the archives of the central institutions of the Church of England including the Church Commissioners and the General Synod

  • The Library of the Church Buildings Council and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England (The CCB Library)  - a specialist collection focusing on ecclesiastical architecture. Click on the link in the related links box to go to the CCB Library page.

  • Ecclesiastical Libraries and Archives throughout England including details of the Cathedral Libraries and Archives Association (CLAA)

  • Records Management guides from the Church of England Guides to parish, diocesan and Epsicopal record keeping are availalbe to download along with guidance notes on clergy personal files.