Using the Library and Archives

William Smith’s geological map of Great Britain

Part of William Smith's geological map of Great Britain, published in 1815

The Library and Archives team provides staff, visiting researchers and members of the public with easy access to the Museum's unique natural history information resources.

Below you will find information for staff and public visitors on:

  • requesting and accessing Library and Archives material
  • joining the Library
  • booking a Reading Room visit
  • ordering items for digitisation/delivery
  • adhering to our terms of use  

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.

You can browse highlights of the collection. Museum scientists and visitors can use the discovery layer to search across our collection to find articles.

Some of our collections have been digitised and are available online via Digitised Collections and the Biodiversity Heritage Library. You can also follow us on Twitter @NHM_Library.

Opening hours

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

Contact us

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