House of Commons Library

The House of Commons Library is the library and information resource of the lower house of the British Parliament. It was established in 1818, although its original 1828 construction was destroyed during the burning of Parliament in 1834.

House of Commons Library
US Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta being given a tour of the House of Commons Library in 2013
Established1818 (1818)
Coordinates51.4999°N 0.1241°W / 51.4999; -0.1241
Items collectedBooks, journals, official papers
Size350,000 items
Access and use
Access requirementsAccess restricted to Members of Parliament and their staff

The library has adopted the phrase "Contributing to a well-informed democracy" as a summary of its mission statement.