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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.

Please note that through 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 week 2015

Please note the Library will be closed from 23 November – 27 November.    During this period we’ll be doing things that we can’t do when we’re open, such as moving stock.