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
  • Warbler

    Wildlife and environmental sounds

    The largest collection of its kind in Europe and the most comprehensive in the world
Reading Room  Paul Grundy

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

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

Research Strategy Summit - National Heritage Science Forum

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tolbooth, Stirling - 10 November, 18.00-20.30 The National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) is holding a Research Strategy Summit in Stirling on 10 November 2016 to discuss priorities for future heritage science research, look at emerging topics of research interest and...

Report on Boiler Explosions in Britain, 1880

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Last week we told you about an explosion at a Marylebone gunmaker's workshop in 1822 which killed two child workers . Today we look at industrial accidents in 1880 involving boiler explosions. While cataloguing some India Office Revenue files recently,...

Fingerprints & their potential impact in relation to handling library collections

Monday, September 26, 2016

Back in early 2016, Terry Kent, a consultant specialising in forensic fingerprint analysis, contacted British Library Conservation to learn more about how we assess the impact of handling on our collections with reference to our use (or not) of gloves...

Employing children in dangerous trades

Thursday, September 22, 2016

When we think of children working in dangerous occupations in the 19th century, perhaps the first things that come to mind are chimney sweeps and mill workers. I was surprised to learn that young children were employed to make priming...

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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


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.