5A8C Library and Archives | Natural History Museum

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

21 November 2016 to 25 November 2016
The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and visitors during this period due to an audit. The public reading room will re-open as usual from Tuesday 29 November.

30 November 2016
Due to an internal Museum event the reading room will be closed to external visitors on this day.

19 December 2016 to 3 January 2017
The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and appointments for the Christmas and New Year period. We will open as usual from 4 January.

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.