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

Notice to public visitors – public reading rooms and digitisation service remain closed

Library and Archives staff are working from home, monitoring email enquiries and responding where possible.

Contact us

If you have a query, please send us an email. 

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.

Opening hours

Reading room 

  • South Kensington: Closed until further notice
  • Tring: Closed until further notice

Enquiries (email only until further notice)

  • South Kensington: Monday to Friday 10.00-16.00
  • Tring: Monday to Thursday 9.30-15.30