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.
- New online exhibition: World War I centenary: responding with compassion
- Library blog, Quaker Strongrooms
- Follow our Facebook page for news and highlights
- Quakers Living Adventurously : The Library and Archives of the Society of Friends, a talk by David Blake, Head of Library and Archives, given to Gresham College, 23 January 2013.
- The personnel cards of those who served in the Friends Ambulance Unit in the First World War are now available online
Please note that from Summer 2014 to Spring 2015 there will be substantial building work in the Friends House Garden area. This will cause noise disruption at various times in the Library reading room. We apologise for the inconvenience which this is likely to cause.
Closed weeks 2015
Please note the Library will be closed from 27 April – 1 May and from 23 November – 27 November. During these periods we’ll be doing things that we can’t do when we’re open, such as moving stock.