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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

Audit of Library and Archives collections, 11-22 September 2017

The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and appointments during this period. The public reading room will re-open for appointments from Tuesday 26 September 2017.

Audit of Library and Archives collections, 2-6 October 2017
The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and appointments during this period. The public reading room will re-open for appointments from Tuesday 10 October 2017.

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 ou 5611 r 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.

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