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 1881.

Museum scientists and visitors can use the search engine to find specific articles and journals, or simply explore our collection pages to discover the treasures of the Library and Archives.

Service updates

Early closure 19 December
The Library and Archives public reading room will be closed to external enquiries and appointments from 12.30. We reopen as usual the following day.

Christmas and New Year 2017/2018
The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and appointments between 22 December 2017 - 2 January 2018. We will open as usual from 3 January 2018.

Audit closure 19-23 February 2018
The Library and Archives will be closed to external enquiries and appointments between 19-23 February. Our public reading room will open again for appointments from 27 February.

Opening hours

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

Using our services

Find out how to search the collections, access our resources or visit one of our reading rooms.

Our collection

Browse the highlights of our incredible collection or use the search tools below to find exactly what you are looking for.

About us

Find out how the Library and Archives has evolved to support a broad range of research.