Library of the Society of Friends

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel:020 7663 1135

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Photo: Colin Edwards. Copyright: Britain Yearly Meeting of the Society of Friends (Quakers)

About the library

The Library of the Society of Friends is one of the world's largest collections of Quaker and Quaker related material. Founded in 1673, its printed collections include works published by the Society of Friends, and works written by and against Quakers, as well as a growing collection of work about Quakers and Quakerism.

It holds notable collections of 17th -18th century pamphlets, anti-slavery campaigning literature and peace publications. Quaker work in foreign missions and war relief (such as the Friends Ambulance Units of the two world wars) is well represented.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Library of the Society of Friends F5

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? The Library is mainly a reference collection, but modern articles may be photocopied, subject to copyright.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the Library's web site for details of opening hours and how to register. If you wish to visit, it is advisable to contact the Library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.


Society of Friends data on Copac

Example record from the Library of the Society of Friends:

Title: Truth's pursuit after falshood, or, Certain untruths made manifest that was lately published in the news-book bearing date April 18. 1664. and those false aspersions cast upon an innocent people (called Quakers) truly testified against, and the truth witnessed unto, for the better information of all people, and the satisfaction of all that are sober-minded. Also, it may serve for a word of caution and good advice to all those of what degree or quality soever they be, that hath or may have any hand in persecuting an innocent people for their conscience sake. By a love of truth and uprightness, but a hater of lying and falshood, William Warwick. - London : printed for the author, 1664
  Published: London, 1664

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.