Herbarium Collections

Loan and Visitor Policies

The Herbarium is the centre of an information network that brings together botanists and mycologists from around the world. Every week, the Herbarium attracts an average of 50 visitors, about a quarter of whom are overseas researchers. The Herbarium is open to bona fide researchers by appointment only.  Before you visit, please read the conditions for visitors consulting the Herbarium.

A written request to visit is required at least two weeks prior to your proposed visit.  Please send your request by email or letter to the relevant address. Your request must include the following information: full name and address of your institution (if applicable) or home address if you are a private researcher, plant families you wish to study and proposed dates of the visit. If you are a student, your supervisor must make the visit request on your behalf.

Opening hours: 9am – 5.30 pm, Monday-Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm Friday.  Closed weekends and public holidays.

Location: for details on how to get to the Royal Botanic Gardens see Kew's visitor information pages. The Herbarium building is located off Kew Green to the right of the Elizabeth Gate entrance to the Gardens. Herbarium reception is located along the right side of the building. The Kew  Library is located within the same building. The nearest public transport station is Kew Bridge (overland rail). There is very limited parking alongside Kew Green.

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Loans: to request a loan of our material, please refer to our loan regulation policy.