Science Museum Library

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Dana Research Centre and Library, London -; Science Museum Library, Wroughton - Tel: Dana Research Centre and Library, London - 0207 942 4242; Science Museum Library, Wroughton - 01793 846 222

Photo of Dana Research Centre and Library

Dana Research Centre and Library, Science Museum.
© Timothy Soar, by permission of Coffey Architects

About the library

The Science Museum’s world-class library collections chart the world-wide development of science, engineering and medicine from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Holdings include academic and scholarly works, textbooks and popular works in English and other European languages, as well as books on the history and biography of science, technology and medicine, and their social impact.

Around 5800 books are available at the Dana Research Centre and Library in London, but nearly all of the collections are stored at the Science Museum’s Wroughton facility near Swindon, and selected items can be transported to the library in London for consultation there. The Library holds around 143000 books at Wroughton and significant collections of journals, British patents, trade literature and other ephemera.

The local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Currently, the Science Museum does not offer an inter-library loans service

Can I visit the library to view materials? The Science Museum Library welcomes visitors to use its collections. Opening times are: Dana Research Centre and Library, London: Monday to Friday 10:00-17:00. Science Museum Library, Wroughton: Fridays only, 10:00-17:00, by prior appointment.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Please see the links to the library and archives catalogues on the library web page:, where you can search for more material in the library’s collections. You can also see descriptions for some archive collections on the Science Museum's contributor page at the Archives Hub.


Science Museum Library data on Copac

Example record from the Science Museum Library's collections:

The faithfull surveyour : teaching how to measure all manner of ground ... / By George Atwell.
  Cambridge : Printed for William Nealand, 1662

You can browse all of the titles on Copac, starting with the above title.