Lambeth Palace Library

      The view from the roof terrace of Lambeth Palace Library

On the first of February a group from the Chelsea bookbinding class and myself visited Lambeth Palace Library. Last year, I had an opportunity to talk with the head of the conservation unit at the Lambeth Palace Library and she kindly agreed that our group could visit the Library and the conservation unit. Lambeth Palace Library has founded in 1610 and one of the earliest public Libraries in UK. The new purpose-built library was built to the  north of the palace garden in 2020. The new Library has big storage rooms, conservation rooms for caring for the various collections and the new reading room, seminar rooms and an exhibition area for public. The group and I met in the entrance hall which is also open to the public. We were guided by the head of conservation unit and her colleague. The main conservation room is able to get good natural light from north facing windows with each of the working rooms being designed to meet the needs of conservation work. The staff showed us some of books undergoing restoration/conservation work. Several students who are studying  City & Guilds were helping with  the conservation work on that day. The new building also has a roof terrace, the view from the terrace overlooks central of London and is truly stunning. After the roof terrace we had a quiet look into the reading room, finally we were able to enjoy some nice refreshments by the window in the exhibition area that had very kindly been prepared by the staff of the Library. We all had a wonderful and enjoyable time.

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Lambeth Palace Library on the outside

Lambeth Palace Library entrance hall

The main working room of the conservation unit

The box making room
Facilities in the main working room
Tools for paper conservation 
Books undergoing restoration/conservation work

Books undergoing restoration/conservation work

The reading room