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Library, Art & Archives

One of the most important botanical reference sources in the world, Library, Art & Archives contains several million items, including books, botanical illustrations, photographs, letters and manuscripts, periodicals, biographies and maps.

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During the 160 years of the library's history, 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. 


Reading Room of Kew's main library


Kew's Illustrations Collection has more than 200,000 prints and drawings, including original works of art in various media.

Illustrations montage


The Archives contain the official records of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and the papers of many botanists, gardeners and other individuals.



Letter from Kew's Archives

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