Our collections provide access to historical and modern material for researchers in the biological and earth sciences. 

Materials include:

  • international literature
  • manuscripts¬†
  • maps (topographical and geological)
  • photographs
  • artwork

The Library is reference-only and available to anyone who wishes to use the collections to assist in their research. Although primarily aimed at Museum scientists or postgraduate level researchers, there is a wide range of reference material to suit all levels.

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Library and Archives blog

  • Photos from the archives: Benjamin Stone

    John Benjamin Stone, known as Benjamin, was born in Birmingham on 9 February 1838. He was the son of a local glass manufacturer and took over the business after his father's death. He was a staunch conservative and soon entered local politics, eventu...
    Sun, 29 Mar 2015 11:46:54