British Museum

Contact details



Each of the Museum's curatorial and research departments has public facilities including study rooms and, in most cases, a library. These can all be accessed for research enquiries by appointment only, apart from the Anthropology Library and Research Centre. Please find the contact details below for each department.

Anthropology Library and Research Centre Email: Tel:020 7323 8031

Egypt and Sudan Email: Tel:020 7323 8000
Africa, Oceania and the Americas Email: Tel: 020 7323 8041
Asia Department Email: Tel: 020 7323 8416
Coins and Medals Email: Tel: 020 7323 8322
Conservation and Scientific Research Email: Tel:020 7323 8715
Greece and Rome Email: Tel: 020 7323 8321
Middle East Email: Tel: 020 7323 8308
Britain, Europe & Prehistory Email: Tel: 020 7323 8629
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. You can also access the website for each department via the British Museum website.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

Library code

Anthropology Library: LO/S10 ; policy code F2

For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

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 interlibrary loan enquiries.

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.


Browse all of the British Museum's records in Library Hub Discover here.