Our resources support the needs of specialists working in academia and business, and can support multidisciplinary research interests

Collection guides

  • The Human Genome

    Science overview

    We support the needs of specialists working in academia and business, and can support multidisciplinary research interests
  • Europe PMC

    Free access to biomedical and life sciences research articles, biological and medical patents records, grant data and more
  • Magnifying glass on computer

    Science electronic resources

    We subscribe to a large and growing number of electronic resources and bibliographic databases
  • Pantents diagram


    The British Library is the UK’s national patent library
  • Bird singing

    Wildlife and environmental sounds

    The largest collection of its kind in Europe and the most comprehensive in the world

How to …

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Science Reading Room

Floor 2 focuses on Medicine and Life Sciences, Floor 3 focuses on Physical Sciences and Engineering.

  • Find information on the open-access shelves
  • Access online databases and electronic journals
  • Order collection items to the Reading Rooms via our catalogues
  • Get help from Reference Specialists at the Enquiry desk
You’ll need a Reader Pass

Mon: 10.00 – 20.00
Tue – Thu: 09.30 – 20.00
Fri – Sat: 09.30 – 17.00
Sun & English Public Holidays: closed

Opening hours for all Reading Rooms

For enquiries, please contact the Reference Service

News stories

Science in schools: what are the options?

28 September 2015

Come and discuss the future of secondary science education with our expert panel

Blog posts

New opportunities for collaborative PhD research exploring the British Library’s science collections

05 October 2015

Applications for collaborative PhD research around the British Library’s science collections are now open to UK universities and other HEIs The British Library is looking for university partners to co-supervise collaborative PhD research projects that will open up unexplored aspects...

From fiction to fact: the science of Animal Tales

04 October 2015

Alice Kirke investigates the facts behind the fiction of the British Library’s Animal Tales exhibition. The Animal Tales exhibition at the British Library explores what our portrayal of animals within literature tells us about ourselves. The natural environment and its...

Animals Inspired Events at the British Library

04 October 2015

As it is World Animal Day, I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce two animal-related events that are taking place next month at the British Library as part of the Being Human festival. These two events were motivated by...

Overpowered! The Science and Showbiz of Hypnosis

30 September 2015

Performer and entertainer Christopher Green's new book "The Science & Showbiz of Hypnosis" is published by British Library Publications on 16th October 2015. In this blog post Christopher explores the intriguing history of hypnosis and investigates some of the science...

More blog posts

Science projects

Access to Understanding

Access to Understanding is a collaboration, led by the British Library, which unites individuals and organisations that want to promote wider understanding of biomedical research findings.


Gray's anatomy book cover

Gray's Anatomy

Using sumptuous illustrations and clear, matter-of-fact descriptions, Dr. Gray unleashed a classic on the world more than 100 years ago.


How to Cure the Plague

How to Cure the Plague

Julian Walker presents a fascinating illustrated compilation of some of the most curious and disturbing cures from history, from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.