The Royal Society's collections are of great importance to the history of science and provide a record of scientific achievement over 350 years.

Researchers and members of the public are welcome to visit the library and access the collections. Please contact us before your visit to ensure you get the most out of it.

Digital images of items in the collection are available in the picture library.

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