Collections management

Library staff develop and curate the collections to the highest possible standards.

Developing the collections

The Library continues to acquire new material through purchase, donation or via exchange partners. Our team is working hard to ensure that collections are as complete as possible and accessible via the Library catalogue and other associated databases. 

Existing material is currently being digitised. Many of our art collections can now be viewed online, and a range of digital resources are available to browse or search.

Library online

Access to older material is possible through an international digitisation project: the Biodiversity Heritage Library. This resource is expanding rapidly due to the contributions of natural history libraries around the world. 

Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)

Care and maintenance

The Library maintains its collections in the best possible storage conditions. We have a constant series of curatorial projects underway to re-house and conserve Library material.

Our experienced and qualified team ensures that Library materials are well looked after. The team includes a specialist paper conservator who advises on best practice and works on long-term conservation projects and emergency repairs.

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Library collections

Explore books, maps, artworks, manuscripts, periodicals and photographs.