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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

Automated text extraction from colonial-era maps of eastern Africa

Thursday, May 28, 2020

After recently completing a pilot course in Computing for Information Professionals at Birkbeck University, I have just released a new dataset containing the text extracted from almost 2,000 colonial-era maps and documents covering eastern Africa. The resource is available now...

Thomas Tuttell: a most unfortunate mapmaker

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

You may have seen one of the British Library’s historic globes included in a ’curators on camera’ feature on social media recently. It's the unique surviving example of a celestial globe published by Thomas Tuttell (1674-1702) in London in 1700,...

Bringing Metadata & Full-text Together

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

This is a guest post by enthusiastic data and metadata nerd Andy Jackson (@anjacks0n), Technical Lead for the UK Web Archive. In Searching eTheses for the openVirus project we put together a basic system for searching theses. This only used...

Searching eTheses for the openVirus project

Thursday, May 14, 2020

This is a guest post by Andy Jackson (@anjacks0n), Technical Lead for the UK Web Archive and enthusiastic data-miner. Introduction The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented global crisis that has prompted an unprecedented global response. I’ve been particularly interested in...

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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