Library and Archives

The John Innes Historical Collections preserve and display historically significant material from the history of the study of genetics, plant science and microbiology, documenting over 400 years of botanical literature.

Housed on-site in purpose-built, environmentally-controlled rooms, the John Innes Historical Collections include;

Members of the public and researchers may access the collections housed in the library by appointment. Disabled access canbe arranged with prior notification

Group visits can also be arranged, but the Rare Books room has a capacity of 25 people. Larger groups can be accommodated by special arrangement.


The library staff also undertake various outreach events throughout the year, and external talks on the Historical Collections can be booked for your event.

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