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Library, Art & Archives

One of the most important botanical reference sources in the world, Library, Art & Archives contains more than half a million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps. During the 160 years of the library's history (it came into being through the bequest of the library of William Arnold Bromfield in 1852), material has been acquired by gift, purchase and exchange. Over 90 languages are represented, making the library a global resource for plant science, research and conservation. An extension to the Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives was completed in 2010 and provides much-needed additional and secure storage for our collections, as well as a dedicated reading room for visitors to Library, Art & Archives.

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The Reading Room, opened in May 2010 (photographs taken by Andrew McRobb)