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The Library

Welcome to the Library of the Religious Society of Friends

The Library is one of the largest collections in the world relating to Quakers and their activities. It is an inspiring resource for understanding peace, prison reform, humanitarian assistance, and the anti-slavery movement as well as Quaker history, faith, thought and practice.

It is free and open to everyone.


Founded in 1673 the Library's collections include books, periodicals, manuscripts and pictures, as well as the archives of the central organisation of Quakers in Britain, known as Britain Yearly Meeting.

Today we aim to collect and preserve Quakers' historic and continuing recorded heritage, increase access to information about the Society of Friends and encourage study in Quaker and related activities.

The Library also supports meetings, managing Quaker records and meeting libraries.

The Library will be closed on Friday 18 April and Thursday 15 May 2014

The Library will be closed the week of May 20th-23rd 2014