British Museum Libraries

Contact details

Website: (For more information, please see contact details below for relevant library)

Website: Egypt and Sudan Email: Tel: 020 7323 8312
Website: Anthropology (the Library of the Department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas) Email: Tel: 020 7323 8031
Website: Asia Department Email: Tel: 020 7323 8416
Website: Coins and Medals Email: Tel: 020 7323 8607
Website: Conservation and Scientific Research Email: Tel: 020 7323 8279
Website: Greece and Rome Email: Tel: 020 7323 8321
Website: Middle East Email: Tel: 020 7323 8308
Website: Britain, Europe & Prehistory Email: Tel: 020 7323 8629
Website: Prints and Drawings Email: Tel: 020 7323 8408

About the library

The library collections of the British Museum provide an invaluable resource that supports the study of human cultures across the world. Search through over 350,000 volumes and highly specialised holdings dating back to the 16th century. For further details about accessing the collections for your own research, please see the contact details above.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Anthropology Library: F2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac?No. Live availability information can be seen by searching for the title directly in the Museum Libraries Catalogue.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes. The Museum Libraries do not lend books or serials but may be able to supply photocopies (subject to copyright and preservation constraints). Please contact the Anthropology Library for all Inter Library Loan inquires.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. The Anthropology Library is accessible to all visitors during opening hours, while the other departmental Libraries have restricted access. For further details please visit the museum's libraries and archives webpage.


British Museum data on Copac

Example record from the British Museum collections:

Venise, l'art de la serinissima : [Exposition présentée au musée Fabre de Montpellier du 14 octobre 2006 au 14 janvier 2007] / musée Fabre ; sous la direction de Catherine Loisel ; [catalogue rédigé par] Massimo Favilla, Rachel George, Catherine Monbeig Goguel... [et al.].
  Published: Montreuil Montpellier : Gourcuff-Gradenigo ; Musée Fabre 2006

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.