Due to the significant rise in Covid-19 cases in Lambeth, we have taken the difficult decision to close all Lambeth Libraries until further notice. We will keep this decision under review based on the Covid-19 situation in the borough and government guidance.
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.
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.
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: lack 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.
52 Knatchbull Road
|Wheelchair access||The entrance to the library has a small ramp|
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|