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Library and Archive

Contact us

Library

Email: library@britishmuseum.org

Archive

Email: centralarchive@britishmuseum.org 
Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8224

Library


The Museum's rich history and unique research holdings are accessible to the public through its Library service. The British Museum Library collections are made up of more than 300,000 volumes. Together they reflect the historic strengths of the Museum's diverse curatorial departments, which are dedicated to excellence in the research of human cultures – past and present – across the globe.

  • The Library is open to the public but you must register before you visit.
  • To register to visit the Library, please email: library@britishmuseum.org.
  • If you're registering to visit us for the first time, please email your request at least two weeks in advance to ensure we can accommodate you.
  • You can search the Library Catalogue in advance of your visit.
  • To reserve materials from the Library Catalogue before your visit, please email: library@britishmuseum.org
  • Opening hours vary across our specialist collections.

Archive

The British Museum Archive is a unique record of the Museum's activities since it was founded in 1753. It preserves the story of the Museum, the history of the collection, its collectors and the people who worked here. The Archive is a resource for researchers, academics and members of the public. 

The Archive is an essential element in supporting the ongoing research aims of the Museum and the wider research community.

For more information on access to the Archive and its opening hours please contact us: 
Email: centralarchive@britishmuseum.org
Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8224