In order to start using the Library collections we ask that you join as a member on your first visit. There is no membership charge.

How to join

Please follow these steps on arrival:

  • Provide personal identification and proof of your current address (accepted forms of ID listed below)
  • Complete our short registration form. To save time you can print the registration form and fill it out in advance.

Library registration form PDF (81.7 KB)

Membership card

Library staff will issue you with a Natural History Museum Library membership card. Be sure to bring it with you on future visits. It is valid for five years, after which you will need to renew your registration.

Please make sure to read our Guidelines and Facilities pages so you are fully prepared prior to your visit. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Accepted forms of identification 

Personal IDProof of current address
Full passport    National identity card (provided it bears your address)
National identity cardUK, overseas or international driving licence (provided it bears your address)
UK, overseas or international driving licence (with photograph)Recent utility bill (gas, water or telephone bill)
Official identification card from a recognised place of work or study (with photograph)Council tax statement / payment book
Bank/credit card (with photograph)Recent bank / credit card statement
State pension book
Benefit / family credit book
Chalcopsitta sintillata illustration
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Arrange a visit or request information about Library materials.

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