Library and Archives

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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 reopens to external researcher appointments from 14 September 2021

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 

Enquiries

Forthcoming closures (reading room and enquiries)

  • Audit closure week 8-12 November 2021 
  • Xmas closure 20-31 December 2021 

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.