Make an appointment

We ask that you provide 48 hours notice (two working days) when requesting items, to ensure they are collected and awaiting your arrival.

Find your items

Our online catalogues are the place to start if you know the type of material you are looking for. If you have a more general interest we can assist in your search. For Archives enquiries you can also use our Sources page to guide your search.

Library catalogue

Archives catalogue

Make an appointment

When you’re ready, please email your list of items to the Library and Archives along with the date and time of your proposed visit.

Please note the most important information we require is:

  • For books: title, author, call number/location
  • For serials: title, date, volume, call number/location
  • For Archives: reference number, date, title

Remember, you will need to bring identification and proof of address on your first visit, and complete our registration process.

Email us

How to register

Offsite collections

The majority of our entomology collections are held offsite along with selected low-demand titles from other collections. We need 48 hours to ensure they are retrieved in time for your visit.

The Ornithology and Rothschild collections are held offsite at the Natural History Museum at Tring, Hertfordshire. Please contact Tring Library to make an appointment to view items.

Contact Tring Library

High volume requests

When requesting large amounts of items (more than 25), we ask that you provide as much notice as possible. Contact us in advance to discuss your requirements prior to sending requests.

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Email the Library

Arrange a visit or request information about Library materials.

Or call us on +44 (0)20 7942 5460.