London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London

Visiting the LNHS Library

The Natural History Museum is in Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD. Download map and transport information.

To reach the new Darwin Centre use the main Museum entrance. From the Museum's Central Hall, go past the huge dinosaur skeleton, through the 'Blue Zone' and walk along Dinosaur Way. At the end is the entrance to the new Centre.

The LNHS Library is located in the Angela Marmont Centre, which is on the lower ground floor of the Darwin Centre.

The Angela Marmont Centre offers a drop-in enquiry service from Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 16.00, when an enquiry officer will be on duty and the LNHS Library will be accessible. The centre is also open on some weekends, 10.00 - 17.30, when the Library will also be accessible; see the centre Home Page for more details. You can also book a visit at other times, on-line through Booking, by telephone on 020 7942 5045, or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visitors who are not members of the LNHS may visit the library for reference purposes but are not allowed to borrow books or journals.

Please note the Library will remain closed until the Natural History Museum re-opens.

The LNHS Library is installed in the Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity located in the Natural History Museum. 

LNHS Library

Our library is available for reference by both members of the LNHS and the general public; books can be borrowed by LNHS members. There is shelving space for about half of the collection, and so we have put all the books on the open shelves, together with a selection of periodicals.

Complete runs of the Society's own periodicals (The London Naturalist and London Bird Report) are available for reference.


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How can I use the LNHS library?

  • Consult the catalogue of books at LibraryThing.
  • An online list of our periodicals holdings here.
  • If you need help you can e-mail the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; further contact details are included in the current copy of the LNHS Programme.
  • Basic arrangements exist for lending books to members, and any member who needs to borrow a specific work should contact the Librarian who will be able to check whether it is available.

The Angela Marmont Centre for UK Biodiversity (AMC)

LNHS LibraryThe AMC promotes the study of natural history in the UK, and is a resource for all amateur and professional naturalists and UK natural history societies. Easy-to-access reference collections of objects are housed in the Centre. They cover a wide range of UK plants, animals, rocks and fossils and are designed to help naturalists learn more about their chosen groups and identify their own specimens.

Microscopes and photo-stacking equipment are also available for recorders to use (10:00-12:00 and 14:00-16:00) during weekdays and on the first Saturday of each month (or the second Saturday where the first Saturday is during a Bank Holiday weekend). To use the AMC facilities, simply book through the online form:


Reading circles

We run a Birds Reading Circle that will circulate the following magazines to members of the Society at a much reduced subscription:


  • Ardea
  • Bird Study
  • Birdwatch
  • Birdwatching
  • British Birds
  • Dutch Birding
  • Ibis
  • Irish Birds
  • Scottish Birds

Details of how to subscribe are provided in the printed version of the Society's programme that is sent to current members, and subscription forms are sent out with December's Newsletter.