Special collections

Two of the Library's book collections are particularly noteworthy for their completeness.

The Linnaeus collection 

Contains all editions of Linnaeus’ work published in his lifetime, and all significant related publications since his death. Linnaeus is often celebrated as the “father of classification”.

The Darwin collection 

The premier collection worldwide of Charles Darwin published material comprises 1,628 works by Darwin himself. It includes a wide range of editions and languages including 477 editions of The Origin of Species. 

Darwin did not have a formal connection to the Museum, but his work underpins all modern research in evolutionary biology. The Darwin collection was acquired by the Library in 2006.