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  

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South Kensington Reading Room

Open to external researcher appointments Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 to 16:00