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Dorset County Museum’s library contains over 30,000 books on subjects relating to archaeology, geology, natural history, geography, Dorset writers, social history and local studies.

The library also contains a considerable archive collection of printed ephemera, transcripts from the National Archives (papers by Pope and Fry) and pamphlets relating to local subjects and Dorset people, as well as biological and geological field notebooks, archaeological excavation reports and academic research papers.

In addition the library collection also has long running subscriptions to archaeological and history societies’ publications, academic journals and newspapers – many of which are unavailable elsewhere within the region.

Access to the library is only permitted through membership of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society. Members have access when the Museum is open to the public and when Museum staff are present, including Mondays in November to March. Members wanting access at the latter times should inform the staff in advance so that they can be admitted! Occasional closures of the library will be notified here.

Many members use the library not only for academic research and study but also as a reading room in their leisure time. To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society visit Join us.