Library & Research

Inside the Library
The Library and Muniment Room provides a centre for research into all aspects of the Abbey's history.
The reading room is open:
Monday to Thursday:
10.00am - 1.00pm
2.00pm - 4.45pm
To book an appointment, please contact the library.
: Rare books from the Abbey

The Library and Muniment Room houses the extensive and historic collections of books, manuscripts and archival material belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. It provides a centre for research into all aspects of the Abbey's history.


The reading room is normally open at the following times:

Monday to Thursday: 10.00am - 1.00pm; 2.00pm - 4.45pm

Appointments are required for those wishing to consult books and documents as the Library has only very limited space and there are occasional closures owing to special Services. Those wishing to use the library for the first time are advised to write or telephone to discuss their requirements. Students should bring a letter of introduction from a supervisor or tutor. All material in the Library is for reference only.

Portable computers may be used by prior arrangement, but ONLY if run on batteries. No mains power point is available. Entry is via Dean's Yard and the Cloisters. The Library is in the East Cloister next door to the Chapter House. Please contact us.

The library provides a photographic service for readers who would like reproductions from books or documents. Readers are not permitted to take their own photographs.

Please e-mail the Library for sizes and prices of photographs of monuments in the Abbey or St Margaret’s Westminster, general views and items from the Abbey collections.

Please note that we do not have a collection of modern theology nor sources for general genealogical research. Details of useful libraries for these subjects will be found here.

Owing to the complex and historic nature of its buildings the library is only accessible via a flight of stone steps and a wooden spiral staircase. However, we can usually arrange to make documents available at the Westminster City Archive Centre (a short distance from the Abbey) for anybody who has difficulty reaching our reading room. Please contact us in advance to discuss your requirements so that suitable arrangements can be made.