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Science Reading Rooms

The Library's Science Reading Room has a wealth of information and resources to help you in your research. 

The focus for floor 2 is Medicine and Life Sciences. The focus for floor 3 is Physical Sciences and Engineering.

In the Science Reading Room you can:

  • Find some information on the shelves
  • Access online databases and electronic journals on computer terminals
  • Order collection items to the Reading Room via our catalogues
  • Collect items you have ordered via the Library's catalogue, Explore the British Library, from the Issue desk
  • Get help in using the Reading Rooms from Reference Specialists at the Reference Enquiry desk.

If you need help, just ask our Information Specialists at the Reference Enquiry desk.

We also offer a series of workshops to help you with your research and to help you to make best use of the Library collections.

What can I find on the open shelves in the Science Reading Rooms

Floor 2

English language books and journals (2003-present day ), general reference works, bibliographic databases, Library catalogue.

 Shelfmarks on open access shelves
Science Periodicals(P) AA - (P) JY
Science Periodicals(P) 001 - (P) 999
Science Books(B) 570 - (B) 999

Floor 3

English language books and journals (2003-present day ), general reference works, bibliographic databases, Library catalogue.

 Shelfmarks on open access shelves
Science Periodicals(P) KA - (P) QY
Science Books(B) 001 - (B) 569

NB: There are also some Science periodicals on open access in the Social Sciences Reading Room on floor 1 at (P) RA - (P) WY.

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