About the British Museum Library
The British Museum Library is a reference collection of over 335,000 titles dedicated to the research of human cultures – past and present – across the globe.The library collection is organized in the study spaces of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Asia, Britain, Europe and Prehistory (including Horology), Coins and Medals, Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome, Middle East, Prints and Drawings and Conservation and Scientific Research.
Plan your visit:
Check the library catalogue on this page by using either the 'Search' or 'Advanced Search' functions, and send a list of materials you wish to consult to Library@britishmuseum.org by providing the following information:
- ISBN or barcode
- item type
- call number
Please allow two weeks for staff to check the list and provide research advice and confirmation of a consultation appointment.
Please note that at the moment the library space utilizes a public wifi network for patrons that is not WPA2 encrypted. This is the same public network you would access throughout the British Museum.
Reservations for staff & RAI:
Request new material:
British Museum staff can request new materials by logging into their account and navigating to their account/user/summary page. There they will be able to find the link to our acquisitions form. This form is also available via the staff intranet.
How to get here:
The main library enquiry desk is in the Anthropology Library and Research Centre (ALRC) on level -1 below the North Stairs (PDF map, 297KB).
Opening hours: 10.00-17.00: Monday–Wednesday, Friday