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Library and Archives at the National Collections Centre

Due to COVID-19, the National Collections Centre (NCC) is closed to the public until further notice

While the NCC is temporarily closed, our collection⁠—and the inspirational stories it contains⁠—remains open to you online. You can find further information about the archives we care for via our online collection and the archive catalogue

We offer a free enquiry service to help you find out more about the items in the Science Museum Group Collection. Please contact us via We would normally aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days, however responses may take longer at the moment due to COVID-19.  

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

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. We have embarked on an ambitious project to transform public access to these historic items, enabling you to explore more of the collection than ever before. The collection is currently being digitised with hundreds of new images added to our online collection each month. A purpose-built home for the collection is currently under construction at the National Collections Centre and will open for public tours, school and research visits from 2023.

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.

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