Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Library

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: 020 8332 5414

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About the library

The Library, Art and Archives Collections at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew form one of the largest and most comprehensive resources for botanical literature in the world. The holdings, of both printed and original source material, extend back to the fourteenth century and include most of the important works relating to botany ever published. The books, serials, pamphlets, maps, microforms (including herbaria), paintings, drawings, prints and manuscripts are principally held in the Main Library at Kew, though there are also significant libraries in the Jodrell Laboratory, Millenium Seed Bank and Wakehurst Place. A special collection on all matters relating to Kew � the Kewensia Collection � is held in the Main Library. Rare books and items from the art collection are displayed in regularly changing exhibitions in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, located in the main gardens.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Kew Library: F2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No. Photocopies or digital surrogates of material may be available, subject to copyright. Please see the library's web site for details.

Can I visit the library to view materials?Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available. All general enquiries or requests should be directed to the Main Library in the first instance.


Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew data on Copac

Example record from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew:

The young gardener's best companion : for the thorough practical management of the fruit kitchen and the fruit garden : raising all early crops in hot-beds and forcing early fruits ... / by Samuel Fullmer and other gardeners.
  Published: London : Seatcherd and Whitaker ... [et al.] 1781

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