The Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre and Library based at 165 Queens Gate is home to Science Museums Library and Archive services in London. It is open five days a week, Monday to Friday, from 10.00 to 17.00. Visitors can consult around 6,000 books and journals covering museum studies, the history and biography of science technology and medicine, and the philosophical and social aspects of these subjects. You do not need a prior appointment for browsing the open access collections OR for using our online catalogue.
The Museum’s world-class library and archive collections of over half a million items are stored at the National Collections Centre at Wroughton, near Swindon.
Researchers may consult the collections stored there by prior appointment on Fridays only, from 10.00 to 17.00. Small quantities of material can also be ordered for consultation in London at the Dana Research Centre and Library.
You will need to book ahead if you have ordered archives, rare books, anything published over 100 years ago, or microfilms and microfiche.