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

    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
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

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

Training session: Using Ovid Technologies information resources

9 March 2016

Find out how to conduct more of your research using Ovid Technologies information resources

Science in schools: what are the options?

28 September 2015

Come and discuss the future of secondary science education with our expert panel

Blog posts

Hidden horoscopes and puzzling predictions in Papyrus 98

22 August 2016

Why would certain passages from an ancient horoscope and related predictions be smudged and partially erased? This is what researchers are currently trying to determine using multi-spectral images recently captured of Papyrus 98. Papyrus 98 (British Library Pap. XCVIII). The...

“Like light shining in a dark place”: Florence Nightingale and William Farr

12 August 2016

On the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s death, Katie Howe explores her scientific legacy. Perhaps best known as ‘the lady with the lamp’ Florence Nightingale was also an accomplished scientist and social reformer. In 1854, with Britain in the midst of...

Local heroes: “Without the least sense of pain or the movement of a muscle”

08 August 2016

As part of a new series exploring local heroes in the Knowledge Quarter area, Philip Eagle reveals the curious history of anesthesia. Francis Boott. Image: Public domain A short bus ride away from the British Library, at 52 Gower Street,...

True Colours

08 August 2016

Our friends at the Fitzwilliam Museum have recently opened a spectacular new exhibition, called Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts. This exhibition showcases some of the Fitzwilliam's greatest manuscript treasures, integrated with scientific and art historical research into...

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

Shop

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.

£25

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.

£10.00