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Collection guides

Desks, shelving and Readers in the Science Reading Rooms at the British Library

Science Reading Rooms

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 books and journals
  • Order collection items to the Reading Rooms via our catalogues

If you need help, please ask our Reference Specialists at the Enquiry desk or contact the Science Reference Service Team.

We offer a range of free Reader sessions and 1-2-1 consultations to help you make the best use of the Library's collections.

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

Science case studies

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…You get to know how people work in an institution like this... it's something I would like to do as well.…

Exploring the working life of a twentieth-century scientist through the archive of John Maynard Smith.

Blog posts

Wearing a face mask

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic we are all getting used to wearing facemasks in a range of public spaces from shops to transport. Yet whilst the wearing of masks feels very new to us it is not the first time that...

BL Labs Public Award Runner Up (Research) 2019 - Automated Labelling of People in Video Archives

Friday, October 23, 2020

People 'automatically' identified in digital TV news related programme clips. Guest blog post by Andrew Brown (PhD researcher), Ernesto Coto (Research Software Engineer) and Andrew Zisserman (Professor) of the Visual Geometry Group, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, and...

On light: conserving material for our exhibition Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Alexa McNaught-Reynolds, Conservation Exhibition and Loan Manager Two of the items selected for display in our exhibition: Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights appear to be in good condition but have vulnerabilities that may not be immediately obvious. In...

In our Hebrew Manuscripts exhibition, "Tsurat ha-arets" by Abraham bar Hiyya

Thursday, October 22, 2020

A page from "Tsurat ha-arets" Our Hebrew manuscripts exhibition continues until next year. You might not expect it to have a whole section on science, the prize of which is the manuscript numbered Or 10721, a copy of Tsurat ha-arets...

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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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External links

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Access to Understanding

improve public understanding of the latest biomedical and health research findings