Welcome to the British Musuem Library Catalogue

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.
  • To reserve materials from the Library Catalogue before your visit, please email: library@britishmuseum.org
  • Opening hours vary across our specialist collections.
























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