Welcome to the Library of the Society of Friends. Here you will find all the information you need to visit the Library and use our collections.

Opening hours

Please read the information on special closure below.

Special closure

The Library is currently closed.

We are carrying out some refurbishment work on the reading room and reviewing our current service for the public. This has taken longer than we anticipated, partly due to the challenges presented by the pandemic. We are taking our time to get it right and create an accessible and welcoming service that better serves our community. We are now expecting to open to the public in early 2022.

Read our latest blogpost about the refurbishment here: Blogpost on Library refurbishment project

Please get in touch if you want to discuss the impact of our closure on your project, get help with alternative sources for material, or if you have any general feedback on our service. You can contact us at library@quaker.org.uk.

We now have some limited access to the site and our collections so can hopefully supply some small-scale digitisation of research materials (10 images maximum. Please contact us for more information.

You can access our online catalogue here: https://www.quaker.org.uk/resources/library/search-the-catalogue and our subject guides, reading lists, and other finding aids here: https://www.quaker.org.uk/resources/library/about

Library Hub Discover is a useful tool to search across all libraries in the UK to find alternative holdings of published material: https://discover.libraryhub.jisc.ac.uk/

Getting here

Friends House is at 173-177 Euston Road, London, opposite Euston Station. Follow this link for more information and a map: Friends House - How to get here

Reader registration

We require readers to register by completing a registration form, which is available to download below. Readers must provide photographic ID and formal proof of address (drivers licence, utility bill etc) to register. Britain Yearly Meeting members and attenders do not need to provide proof of address as long as they are listed on the central BYM database.


Visit our About the collections page for more information about what material the Library holds. We have an online catalogue where you can search for material in advance of your visit. For more information go to Search the catalogue.

We encourage you to contact us in advance of your visit. You can pre-order material by emailing us your order on the Contact us page.

We reserve the right to restrict access to our collections - please read the guide to access document on this page.


We charge £5 per day for self-service photography of library and archive material, payable in cash. You will be asked to fill in a copyright declaration form and to follow the Library's photography rules. We do not allow flash photography, tripods or handheld scanners and require that all material is handled and supported appropriately. Library staff are happy to help if you are unsure. Self-service photography is for private research only, if you require images for publication or display please contact library@quaker.org.uk

Social media

Follow us on Facebook Library of Society of Friends Facebook page.

Find out more on our Quaker Strongrooms blog.

Find us on Twitter @LibSocFriends


Reader registration form

Complete and bring along to register

For any enquiries regarding your visit or information about accessibility please Contact us.

Contact us

Library of the Society of Friends