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.

Service updates

Catalogue maintenance work 22 January
The Museum Archives catalogue will be unavailable from 4pm on Monday 22 January due to maintenance work. The catalogue should be back online by 10am Tuesday 23 January.

Audit closure 19-23 February
The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and appointments between 19-23 February. Our public reading room will open again for appointments from 27 February.

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.