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Library & Archives

14 Posts tagged with the service_update tag

The Library & Archives will be open during the Olympics (27 July-12 Aug 2012).


However our opening hours will be adjusted to take into account travel times around London. Public access to the reading room will be Tuesday to Friday 11.00-15.00.


Opening hours for the Paralympic games may be similarly adjusted, please await further announcements.


If you wish to make an appointment to visit the Library & Archives please email us / or ring us 020 7942 5460 (Monday-Friday 10.00 - 16.30)


Library & Archives will be closed to external visitors every Monday until Autumn 2012 due to a major curation project.


We will remain open to the public 4 days a week (Tuesday-Friday) during this period. Apologies for any inconvenience.


For more information about visiting the Library & Archives please go to our web page.


The Library & Archives reading room is closed to external visitors from Friday 23rd December 2011 - Monday 2nd January 2012 (inclusive).


We open as usual on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.


We wish you all a Happy Christmas & New Year.











The Library & Archives will be closed to

external visitors on the following dates:


Monday 19th December 2011


Friday 23rd December 2011 - Monday 2nd January 2012 (inclusive)








Erythacus rubecula, European robin by John Gould
Plate 48 from The Birds of Great Britain, Vol. 2 (1873)


Image ref: 005648


Due to building works our public Reading Room service will move and as a result the number of visitors that we can accommodate will be reduced.


Please contact the Library for further details if you were planning on making an appointment during this period.

020 7942 5460


The Library & Archives will be closed to visitors during Monday 14th - Friday 18th November 2011.


The staff will be working away behind the scenes, conducting a stock audit.


Visitors to our main reading room, can now access wifi during their visit. Please ask staff on arrival.


For information about researching the Library & Archive collections at the NHM please visit the Library & Archives webpage.




Due to electrical works in our main reading room during the week 12th - 16th September, there will be a reduced service.


We will be operating our reading room from another location and as a result we will limit the number of visitors we can accommodate each day during this period.


Please be aware of this when you contact us for an appointment. on 020 7942 5460 or


The Library & Archives will be closed to visitors on Monday 29th August 2011.


The Reading Room will re-open on Tuesday 30th August.



Drawing 56 (Ewan 18) from the Botanical and zoological drawings (1756-1788) by William Bartram

(NHM image reference: 015956)


Due to a staff training event on Tuesday 5th July 2011, the Library will close to visitors earlier than usual, at 15.00.


We apologise for the short notice and any inconvenience that this may cause.


Thank you


The Library & Archives will be closed to visitors during the following times:


Friday 22nd April - Monday 25th April   (we re-open Tuesday 26th at 10.00)


Friday 29th April - Monday 2nd May     (we re-open Tuesday 3rd at 10.00)


Monday 30th May     (we re-open Tuesday 31st at 10.00)



We wish all our visitors an enjoyable holiday.



Detail of an interior terracotta panel from the Natural History Museum. Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) designed the Museum in the 1860's and it first opened its doors on Easter Monday 1881.

Image number: 029976


The Library will be closed for a stock audit.


Monday 14th - Friday 18th February 2011


We will reopen on Monday 21st February as usual.

As a reminder, the Library will be closed to external visitors from the 24 December - 3 January (inclusive).  Happy holidays to one and all.

The Library will be closed to visitors from 24th December 2010 - 3rd January 2011 (inclusive).


We will reopen as usual on Tuesday 4th January 2011.


May we take this opportunity to wish our readers a Happy Christmas and New Year.


We look forward to seeing you in 2011.



Erythacus rubecula, European robin by Henry Leonard Meyer (Image no. 041207)