Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives is the borough’s record office and local history library.

A picture of Lambeth Archives

The rate of infection in Lambeth remains high so from 19 July 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 and make an appointment.

This will help in keeping our community safe.

Lambeth Archives is open to the public, by appointment only. To book an appointment please email, or phone 020 7926 6076.

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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.

Collections and holdings

Lambeth Archives' holdings and collections cover all aspects of local and family history. Extensive historical information about Lambeth is available, including archaeology, architecture, black history, geology, geography, social history, biography and transport. The collections include photographs, postcards, cuttings and more.

Lambeth Landmark

Provides instant access to Lambeth Archives' collections. It presents over 12,000 photographs and illustrations of historic Lambeth, most of which can be purchased as photographic prints. Maps, postcards and books are also available to buy.
Landmark website

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 National Archives Discovery Portal

Finds records from The National Archives and over 2,500 records held at local archive repositories. It can be used to search the Lambeth Archives but does not cover everything we hold.


Lambeth Archives has an extensive selection of catalogues dating back to the 17th century, covering schools, estates, churches, businesses, societies, charities and more. Please visit or contact Lambeth Archives to find out more.

Lambeth libraries catalogue

Lambeth libraries catalogue provides an alternative way of searching for historical information. You can use the catalogue to search for books, CDs, videos and other materials.
Lambeth Libraries and Local Studies Catalogue

Other useful websites

Obtaining copies of material in the collection

Visitors can make copies for personal research or private study using the photocopier: black and white photocopying is 10 pence per A4 page and 20 pence per A3 page; colour photocopying is 50 pence per A4 page and £1 per A3 page, or from the microform reader printer: 30 pence per A4 page; 60 pence per A3 page or by using a hand-held, flash-free camera. For this, there is a fee of £5. You must ask permission from staff first, make a list of everything you photograph and sign to say your photographs are for personal use only.

Remote users who want to obtain copies for personal research or private study can request photocopies of documents - there is a charge of £5 for the first page and £1 for each additional one, or you can request copies of high-resolution files of already-scanned images for £15 for the first image and £10 for each additional one.

If you want to reproduce or publish further copies in any form, on paper or electronically, then you must ask permission and a fee may be payable.

All copying is subject to copyright restrictions and the physical condition and format of the original.

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.

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Lambeth Archives
52 Knatchbull Road



Facility  Notes
Disabled toilet  
Wheelchair access The entrance to the library has a small ramp

Other information

Venue notes

Facilities and services

Facility  Notes
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.

Lambeth Archives price list

Postcards for sale Available postcards and prices

Opening times

Venue opening times
Day Opening times

11am - 8pm

Tuesday 11am - 6pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 3pm
Saturday 9am - 1pm
2pm - 5pm
Sundays Closed
Bank Holidays Closed


Jon Newman / Len Reilly
Job title:
Archives Manager