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The House of Lords Library

The House of Lords Library provides impartial research and information services to Members of the House of Lords, their staff and the staff of the House.

Further information about the Library, as well as all our publications, can be found at our website

What does the Library do?

The Library was established in 1826 to provide legal and reference books to aid the work of the House. It has developed into a modern and professional research and information service, operating out of the historic Library suite in the Palace of Westminster.  

The Library holds a collection of around 80,000 books. We also hold an extensive collection of historic material. These are searchable on the English Short Title Catalogue. Members of the public with research interests in the special collections may apply to consult items via the Parliamentary Archives.

Deposited papers are also placed in the Library by government ministers in response to requests for information by MPs or peers in the form of parliamentary questions or requests during debates. These can be searched on the Deposited Papers site.

What does the Library publish?

We publish briefings on every major item of business in the House of Lords, providing Members with an essential overview of the topic, its progress in Parliament, and recent developments, to help them engage with business in the Chamber. We also produce topical and current affairs briefings and blogs, providing authoritative, up-to-date information on key topics and events. These briefings are all available on this site.

Where can I find Library vacancies? 

Library vacancies will be advertised on the House of Lords Careers website. See also Library Recruitment Information.

Where can I find more information on the House of Lords?

Public enquiries regarding the work of the House of Lords should be directed to the Enquiry Service at or by phone on 0800 223 0855 (freephone) or 020 7219 3107.

Lords enquiry service

Contact the House of Lords enquiry service with questions about the Lords:

  • Telephone: 0800 223 0855 (Freephone) or 020 7219 3107
  • Email:
  • Text Relay: 18001 7219 3107

Lords Hansard

Read the latest Lords Hansard for a report of the work in the chamber