Research Collections

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.

Library closures: The Library is occasionally booked for functions and unavailable to readers.

In November, the Library will be unavailable to readers on the following days for tea breaks and lunchtime: Wednesday 14 November; Wednesday 21 November; Thursday 22 November; Monday 26 November (12:30-13:00 only).

The Library will be closed for housekeeping between 7 and 11 January 2019.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused to readers. Please speak to Library staff if you need to come in when the Library is due to be closed.

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 | library@linnean.org