Visit us

Anyone who intends to use the Museum's collections for their research can visit the Library. Please make appointments at least 48 hours in advance of your visit.

Opening hours

South Kensington: Monday-Friday, 10:00-16.30 (closed bank holidays)

Tring, Hertfordshire: Monday-Thursday, 09.30-15.30 (closed bank holidays)

The Natural History Museum at Tring houses the Library’s Ornithology and Rothschild collection.

Your visit

Please make an appointment at least 48 hours in advance of your visit, and let us know the items you wish to view. Advance notice is essential as some items are held in off-site stores and require collection. 

New users must register before using the Library, and will need to provide personal identification and proof of address. There is no membership charge. The Library has public reading rooms in South Kensington and Tring, located within the Museum buildings.

Library notices

  • Revised opening hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10:00-16.30. The Reading Room will not be open on Mondays but we continue to answer enquiries.

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Arrange a visit or request information about Library materials.

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