Physical access: on site
The Museum is an international resource. Visiting scientists, artists, writers and researchers spend anything from one week to many years here, studying the collections and using the research facilities.
'I need access to the extensive library which specialises in systematic literature.' Bente Klitgaard, Botany Researcher
At any one time, around 80,000 specimens can be on loan to experts around the globe, from our beetle collection alone.
The community of taxonomists is small. For each group of species, there is a handful of experts. In order to identify some of our specimens, we post them to other experts across the world. Similarly, outside institutions donate specimens to us in return for their identification.