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
  • Magnifying glass on computer

    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
Science Reading Rooms in 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 free Discovery and 1-2-1 Sessions 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

More Case studies
…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

How Embryologists See: Anne McLaren’s Mouse Models

Friday, March 8, 2019

This post forms part of a series on our Science blog highlighting some of the British Library’s science collections as part of British Science Week 2019. What does an embryo look like? You’ve probably seen pictures –photos of clumps of...

The Making of ‘Dear John: The Kin Selection Controversy’. Part 2: From Idea to Event

Friday, March 8, 2019

Yesterday I explored some of the background of our upcoming performance ‘Dear John: The Kin Selection Controversy’ (15 March 2019). In this second part I will take you on a trip behind the scenes of developing this event. This year’s...

The Making of ‘Dear John: The Kin Selection Controversy’. Part 1: What’s It All About?

Thursday, March 7, 2019

William D. Hamilton: the Darwin of the twentieth century. John Maynard Smith: the senior statesman of British evolutionary biology. George R. Price: colleague of both – and intermediary between them. Their story is one of personal and professional grievances around...

A visit to the Joint Library of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Eye painting by an unknown artist from the Moorfields collection, digitised by UCL. Used under a CC-BY Creative Commons license. Yesterday Philip went on a CILIP-sponsored visit to the Joint Library of Ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital. The library is...

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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