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

News stories

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

27 September 2016

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

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 centenary of the 1918 flu pandemic

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A dancer in "Contagion", a piece memorialising the pandemic presented at the British Library earlier in November This November sees not just the centenary of the end of the First World War, but the centenary of the peak of the...

New psychology and nature databases on trial at the BL

Monday, November 12, 2018

Starting today, users in the British Library Reading Rooms can use two new databases from Alexander Street, which are on trial until mid-January 2019. The usage figures in the next two months will determine whether we take the databases permanently....

Religious unbelief in the life of Professor Sir Fred Holliday

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Paul Merchant examines the state of 'religious unbelief' held by Professor Sir Fred Holliday [1935-2016], marine biologist, founding Chairman of Northumbrian Water, Vice-Chancellor and Warden of the University of Durham, and Director of Shell and of British Rail

Stephen Hawking - the last publications

Monday, October 15, 2018

Philip represented the Library at the launch of Professor Stephen Hawking's last, posthumous, popular work, Brief Answers to the Big Questions. The book, which Hawking was writing at the time of his death, includes ten essays summarising his views on...

More blog posts

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

All projects

External links

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Access to Understanding

improve public understanding of the latest biomedical and health research findings