The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest biological society and has in its care several important collections, including that of the Swedish botanist, Carl Linnaeus, and the Society’s founder, Sir James Edward Smith.

Designated as of outstanding national importance by the Arts Council England, the collections of the Linnean Society, which include library, archive and biological material, create a world renowned centre of research for studies in natural history.

Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Library and Archives are currently closed. Staff are working from home, and may be able to assist with your enquiries. Please email

The Library is open to Fellows and members of the public by appointment only due to the multipurpose use of the building. We are a small team, and if we know in advance what material you are interested in, this will help us to prepare and retrieve material to make your visit more successful.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm

Contact: +44 (0)20 7434 4479 EXT 223 |