The rate of Covid-19 infection in Lambeth remains high so we are keeping certain precautions in place to keep you, other library users and staff safe.
When using our services, please follow our Covid-19 guidance for visitors to council buildings, continue to wear a face mask.
This will help in keeping our community safe.
Planning Your Visit and Booking and Appointment
Please note, Lambeth Archives is currently open to the public by appointment only. Please contact us to do this. Make a booking or phone 020 7926 6076.
How to get there
Train: Loughborough Junction
Buses to Brixton Road or Camberwell New Road
Whether you want to trace your family history, a house history, discover the origins of your neighbourhood or look at the records of Lambeth Council, staff will guide you through our collections of historical material and assist you.
Online Collections and Catalogues
While you will still need to visit Lambeth Archives to consult the majority of our document, maps and books, you can now also access many parts of our collection online.
Image website (Lambeth Landmark)
Our image website offers instant access over 16,000 photographs, illustrations, maps and other documents of Lambeth. Most can also be purchased online as photographic prints, or via Lambeth Archives as digital files.
Lambeth Archives Image Website
Our film and moving image collections have now been digitised and can be viewed on the London Screen Archives website
Lambeth Film at London Screen Archives
Guides to Lambeth Archives
An introduction to the Lambeth Archives collections, including lists of the books, pamphlets, maps, periodicals, newspapers and special collections available at the Archives.
The majority of our archive catalogues are now held on the National Archives Discovery portal. Discovery advanced search
To search for our holdings, select “search other archives” in the Held By section, and then type in ‘Lambeth Archives’.
Local Studies Collection catalogues
Our collection of local studies books and pamphlets is catalogued within the larger Lambeth Libraries catalogue
Lambeth Libraries Catalogue
Other useful websites
Telephones and computers
Mobile phones must not be used in the reading room. You are welcome to bring personal computers - we have a limited number of power points available and free Wi-Fi is available.
Loans, donations, bequests and sales to the Lambeth Archives
Lambeth Archives welcomes additions to its rich and diverse collection by gift, loan, bequest or purchase. If you have an item of historical interest you wish us to consider for inclusion, please contact us.
52 Knatchbull Road
a disabled access toilet
|Wheelchair access||wheelchair access to the library|
Facilities and services
|Free research facilities||Including internet access and microfilm readers|
|Advice and guidance from our staff|
|Services for schools and colleges|
|Fee-based research and copying service||For remote users|
|Local history publications for sale||
Can be purchased in any Lambeth Library.
|Postcards for sale||Available postcards and prices|
1pm to 8pm
|Tuesday||10am - 6pm|
|Thursday||10am - 6pm|
|Friday||10am - 3pm|
9am to 1pm, 2pm – 5pm