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Name of Library: Religious Society of Friends in Britain (Quakers)

Address: Friends House, Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

Town: London

Telephone: 020 7663 1135

Fax: 020 7663 1001

E-mail: library@quaker.org.uk

Website: http://www.quaker.org.uk

Alternative names

Society of Friends Library; Friends House Library


Beverley Kemp

Job Title

Head of Library and Archives

Purpose and main user community of the library

Members of the Religious Society of Friends and bona fide researchers

Terms of access

On completion of reader registration form with proof of identification & address. Hourly fee for pursuing genealogical research. 50 year rule on archival material

Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday 10.00 – 17.00
The Library’s annual closed week will take place 18-22 May 2009

Disabled access

The Library is one the Ground floor; most of the Reading Room is accessible., but there are books on high shelves


Some books can be borrowed by registered readers



Periodicals - Back Issues


Current Periodicals



Central records of Britain Yearly Meeting (formerly London Yearly Meeting) from 1650's

onwards; mss; 950 microfilms; approx. 20,000 photographs.

Volumes added per year

400 printed items


Quakerism; C17 theology; peace; conscientious objection; anti-slavery; international relations

Special Collections

Swarthmore mss - C17 letters and transcripts relating to early Quakerism (approx. 1,400

items); A.R. Barclay collection - 250 letters 1654-1688; Wilkinson, Lloyd and Barclay (Bury Hill)


As above

Research resource

Major library on Quakerism in the UK + internationally, holding the chief sources of early

Quaker history and the central archives of the Society of Friends in the UK.

Catalogue Type

Computer; Card

URL of catalogue

Other facilities

Photocopying of printed items published post 1900; microfilming; digital copying

Full Time Staff 4

Part Time Staff 1

Voluntary Staff

Future plans

Retrospective cataloguing of printed collections is on-going

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