Library and Archives

Search our collections

Curious about the natural world? Then you're in the right place.

The Library and Archives has been developing its unparalleled collection of natural history literature, artwork and information resources since 1881.

Museum scientists and visitors can use the search engine to find specific articles and journals, or simply explore our collection pages to discover the treasures of the Library and Archives.

Opening hours

Reading Room opening hours (by appointment)

  • South Kensington: Tuesday to Thursday 10.00-16.00
  • Tring: Monday to Thursday 9.30-15.30

Enquiries (phone and email)

  • South Kensington: Monday to Friday 10.00-16.00
  • Tring: Monday to Thursday 9.30-15.30

Contact us

  • South Kensington  +44 (0)20 7942 5460
  • Tring +44 (0)20 7942 6156

Using our services

Find out how to search the collections, access our resources or visit one of our reading rooms.

Our collection

Browse the highlights of our incredible collection or use the search tools below to find exactly what you are looking for.

About us

Find out how the Library and Archives has evolved to support a broad range of research.