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.

Lambeth Archives
Minet Library
52 Knatchbull Road

Opening times

We are pleased to announce we have reopened. To make our service Covid-secure and for the safety of our staff and readers, all personal visits are by appointment only until further notice. Books and documents that have been touched by anyone will be put in a 3 day quarantine after use.

Please email or call 020 7926 6076 to arrange an appointment. Please keep to your appointment time. When you arrive, the front door will be shut, so please ring the bell, which is to the right of the door, or call 020 7926 6076, to tell us you have arrived.

To get the most out of your visit, you should pre-order documents and books using our online catalogues. If you do not pre-order an item there is a risk that it might be unavailable. Duplicate or microfilm copies may be available instead.

If you cannot find what you want on the catalogue, contact us before your visit and we will try to help you. During your visit staff will also help and guide you.

We will continue to deal with written and phone enquiries and can be more flexible about the amount of time we can give to these enquiries.

We look forward to seeing you

Facilities and services

FacilityFacility 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

Access for people with disabilities

FacilityFacility notes
Disabled toilet
Wheelchair access
The entrance to the library has a small ramp

More information

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

London Metropolitan Archives
Ancestor Search
Remembering Olive Morris

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.

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