The Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre and Library is the home to our Library and Archive services in London and to our Research and Public History department.
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.
Using library and archive services in London
The Science Museum’s Dana Research Centre and Library 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, for using our online catalogue, or for consulting books and journals published up to 100 years ago ordered from the National Collections Centre.
You will need to book ahead if you have ordered archives, rare books, anything published over 100 years ago, or microfilms and microfiche.
We offer a free enquiry service to help you find out what’s in our collections. We respond to enquiries within 20 working days; please note that responses are limited to enquiries that concern our Library and Archive Collections only.
The Dana Research Centre and Library
165 Queen's Gate
Call: 020 7942 4242