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.

Forthcoming Reading Room closure dates

Closure dates in 2019

22 February - 4 March: during these dates we will be closed to visitors due to planned essential Estates maintenance work and a Library and Archives audit. Please note we will take longer than usual to respond to email enquiries.

We will be closed to external visitors on the following dates as we will be conducting collections management work:

  • 18 - 22 March 2019
  • 22 - 26 April 2019
  • 20 - 24 May 2019

Opening hours

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

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.