Library and Archives

Search our collections

Curious about the natural world? Then you're in the right place.

The Library and Archives has been developing its unparalleled collection of natural history literature, artwork and information resources since the Museum opened in 1881.

Our collections

Search across our collections

Electronic resources

Our digitised collections

South Kensington Reading Room open to external researchers

Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00

Opening times and contact

Reading room

  • South Kensington: Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00-1600
  • Ornithology Library collections at Tring please contact us 


Forthcoming closures (reading room and enquiries)

  • Audit closure week 28 February - 4 March

Using our services

Find out how to search the collections, access our resources or visit one of our reading rooms.

About us

Find out how the Library and Archives has evolved to support a broad range of research.