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.
- Learn more about our collections and collection highlights
Search across our collections
- Discovery layer (all Library and Archive collections)
- Museum Archive catalogue
- E-journals, scientific databases, e-books (off-site access for Museum staff only)
- Museum Open Access Repository
Our digitised collections
- Digitised special collections
- Citizen Science Project: Digitally Unlocking Nature’s Archive (DUNA)
- Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL)
- Wallace letters online (Firefox or Microsoft Edge browsers needed)
Opening times and contact
Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 to 16:00
Ornithology Library collections at Tring please contact us.
- Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00
- Contact us
- Phone +44 (0)20 7942 5460
Forthcoming closure to the reading room and enquiries:
- 15 - 19 May 2023 (Collections audit)
Using our services
Find out how to search the collections, access our resources or visit one of our reading rooms.
Find out how the Library and Archives has evolved to support a broad range of research.