Lambeth Archives is the borough's record office and local history library. It is open to the public, free of charge.
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.
The Lambeth Archive is located in the Minet Library.
May 2013 Bank Holiday
Lambeth Archives will close on Monday 27 May 2013 (Spring Bank Holiday)
Our public search room is open at the following times:
- Monday: 1 to 8pm
- Tuesday: 10am to 6pm
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: 10am to 6pm
- Friday: 10am to 1pm
- Saturday: 9am to 5pm
- Sunday: Closed
On some Saturdays, Lambeth Archives will be operating a reduced service. Visitors should telephone in advance of their visit.
To use the archives, you do not need a ticket or library card.
- Free research facilities, including internet access and microfilm readers
- Advice and guidance from our staff.
- Services for schools and colleges.
- Exhibitions, talks and events.
- Guide to Lambeth Archives - a guide to our documents and records.
- Local history publications for sale.
- Postcards for sale.
- For remote users, a fee-based research and copying service - please enquire for more details.
Access for people with disabilities
The Minet Library and the Archives are on one level, and there is wheelchair access to the building and a disabled toilet. Registered assistance dogs welcome.
We strongly recommend that disabled users contact us in advance of visiting (particularly for a first visit).
There are no refreshment facilities at the Archives, so you are advised to bring your own. Food and drink cannot be consumed on the premises but you can sit and eat in the nearby Myatt's Field park.
Lockers and coat racks
Coats and bags must go in the lockers provided.
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.
Cameras can be used to take photographs of documents - there is a flat fee of £2. You must seek permission from staff first, make a list of everything you photograph and sign to say your photographs are for personal use only.
Collections and holdings
See our collections and holdings page to find out about the local and family history resources you can access.
Adress and contact details
52 Knatchbull Road
London SE5 9QY
Phone: 020 7926 6076
Fax: 020 7926 6080
Rail: Loughborough Junction
Buses: 3, 59, 133, 159, 333, P5
See a location map for Minet Library