Since 1992, the Science Museum Library has operated a computerised Online Library Catalogue jointly with Imperial College Libraries.

Library catalogues

Our main library catalogue is shared with Imperial College. It includes a large part of our library holdings and most of our Archive Collections holdings.

Over two-thirds of the catalogued book collections are on the computer catalogue, including:

  • All histories and biographies of science, technology and medicine
  • Journals and periodicals
  • Books published before 1800
  • 19th century books on astronomy
  • 20th century books on general science, astronomy, physics and chemistry
  • 20th century books on road, sea and air transport
  • Everything published after 1983
  • Science Museum Archive collections – see also the archive lists.

Our remaining card catalogue entries are gradually being computerised. We are currently adding records for 19th century books in all subjects.

Also available is our National Railway Museum Library catalogue.

Please note that our London Library within Imperial College closed on 3 February 2014. A new Research Centre with library facilities will open at the Science Museum in late 2015.