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Science Museum

The National Collections Centre is home to the Science Museum’s world-class Library and Archive collection of over half a million items.

Researchers may consult our collection there by prior appointment on Fridays only, from 10.00 to 17.00. We are closed on bank holidays and between 25 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.

Small quantities of material can also be ordered for consultation in London at the Dana Research Centre and Library.

Science museum group collection

Thousands of large objects from the Science Museum Group collection are cared for at the National Collections Centre when not on display in the Group’s five museums. The object store is not open to the public and we cannot grant access to our collection in person. However, you can explore over 150,000 objects and archives on our ever-growing Collection Online.

Using services at the National Collections Centre

Science Museum Library and Archive Collection

The Science Museum’s world-class library and archive collections chart the world-wide development and history of science, engineering and medicine from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century.

Original printed works include books, journals, patents, trade literature, directories and maps in English and other European languages. The archives hold original records of some of the most famous and influential individuals and companies in the fields of science, medicine, engineering and industry.

Some books and journals are available at the Dana Research Centre and Library in London, but nearly all the collections are stored at the National Collections Centre at Wroughton, near Swindon. Selected items can be transported to the library in London for consultation there.