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    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
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    Science electronic resources

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

    Patents

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

    Wildlife and environmental sounds

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

The next TalkScience@BL event: "Replace, Reduce, Refine: Animals in Research"

26 May 2016

Join us to discuss the changing use of animals in scientific research and testing

Training sessions: Science Research and Discovery Tools

22 September 2016

Join us for a series of free training sessions focusing on digital research and discovery tools.

Announcing our next TalkScience@BL event: "Doping in sport: fair game?"

26 May 2016

Join our expert panel to debate the ethical, social and legal implications of doping in sport

Blog posts

The 100 most reported and shared science articles of 2016

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"A Philosopher Lecturing on the Orrery" by Joseph Wright of Derby. Since the 18th century, astronomy has remained popular among non-scientists. Altmetrics.com have recently published the list of the top 100 scholarly articles most mentioned in news and social media...

20th Century Maps: Everything Changes, Nothing Changes

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Maps improved in their technological power during the 20th century, and as a result became better able to meet the requirements of their time. Some of them even came to symbolise key themes of the age such as dynamism and...

HPC & Big Data

Friday, February 3, 2017

Matt and Philip attended the HPC & Big Data conference on Wednesday 1st February. This is an annual one-day conference on the uses of high-performance computing and especially on big data. “Big data” is used widely to mean very large...

East India Company saltpetre warehouses at Ratcliff

Thursday, February 2, 2017

In Saturday night’s episode of the BBC drama Taboo, James Delaney was keen to acquire saltpetre, the main constituent of gunpowder. This resulted in a violent raid on the East India Company’s warehouse to steal a supply. Saltpetre, or potassium...

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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.

THOR: Technical and Human Infrastructure for Open Research

An EC Funded project to establish seamless integration between articles, data, and researchers across the research lifecycle

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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.

£25

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.

£10.00