Library, Art and Archives
Supporting Kew’s science, history and horticulture, as well as the academic research of visitors from around the world.
The Library forms one of the most important botanical reference sources in the world. The holdings extend back to the 14th century and include most of the important works relating to botany ever published.
The Art collections include illustrations which act as herbarium type specimens as well as those documenting the visual characteristics of plants and fungi, plus special collections of work by some of the great botanical illustrators. All these collections are used to support Kew’s science and horticulture but are also frequently consulted by visitors from across the globe to support their research in a diverse range of academic disciplines.
The Archives collections comprise original source material on Kew’s history as well as the papers of botanists and plant collectors.
Publishing the LAA 10-year strategy
Further cataloguing of Archives and Art collections
Developing digital image collections using the Digifolia resource
Moving from paper to electronic modern records management using Centris
Increasing and improving access to our collections using automated loans software and through further digitisation and contributing to the Biodiversity Heritage Library
Increasing and improving access to electronic journals and bibliographic databases