Wooden bookshelves and display cases in the medieval library, Westminster Abbey

Library & research

The definitive resource for research into all aspects of the Abbey’s history is the extensive and historic collections belonging to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster.

Use our library and archives

About our collection

The books and manuscripts in the historic Library of the Dean and Chapter date from the 16th century. Our archives go back to the tenth century, when the Abbey was founded as a monastery.

We regret that the library is closed to research visits until further notice. Find out more

Photographic collections

We also hold extensive photographic collections, featuring the Abbey and St Margaret’s Church. You can buy prints and digital images – please contact us for details of availability, prices and reproduction fees.

Main contact details

Westminster Abbey Library
East Cloister

[email protected]

020 7654 4830

also 020 7654 4829 or 020 7654 4828

Our staff

Head of Abbey Collection and Librarian
Dr Tony Trowles
[email protected]


Dr Susan Jenkins
[email protected]


Keeper of the Muniments
Dr Matthew Payne
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Assistant Keeper of the Muniments
Christine Reynolds
[email protected]