For research purposes the society maintains a large volume of material that references the life and work of Sir Joseph Banks. These resources include:

The Reference Library

A reference library containing several hundred volumes of printed and published books. To protect the books, use of the library is subject to various conditions, for more information see the box below.

For more information on using the library, click on + to right


The library is staffed by volunteers, please allow a few days for a response.

• Access to the archives is only available to members of the society or subscribers to the email newsletter.

• There is a Private Collection and this can be viewed by prior appointment only, and subject to the availability of, a member of the library staff.

• There is an online catalogue of the books in the library click here.

• We recommend that library users identify the books they wish to read prior to visiting the library.

• Material from the archive and library is for reference only. Removal of iItems for research at home or at another institution is not available.

Any person found damaging or defacing any item in the library will be excluded from the library permanently.

• All users of the archive should be aware that certain words, terms or descriptions may be culturally sensitive and be considered inappropriate today, but reflect the author’s/creator’s attitude or that of the period in which they were written.

• Every person using the library will be required to sign a declaration that they have read and understood these rules.

The Private Collection

There is a private collection of papers and books.  The catalogue will be available and material can be  viewed when visiting the reference library

Lectures & Articles

Notes and transcripts of a series of lectures and articles from various sources