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BGS LibraryThe BGS Library at sites, at Keyworth and Edinburgh, holds reference literature and documents to support bibliographical services both to staff (at home and overseas) and to members of the public.

The British Geological Survey Library is part of the NERC Library Service


  Christmas Opening Hours 2016  

Snowflake Keyworth Geology Shop and Reception are closing on Friday 23rd December at 3.00pm and reopening on Tuesday 3rd January.
Snowflake Edinburgh Geology Shop is closing on Friday 23rd December at 3:00 pm and reopening on Wednesday 4th January.
Snowflake London Geology Shop is closing on Friday 23rd December and reopening on Tuesday 3rd January.

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About the BGS Library

Over the last 175 years the British Geological Survey Library has grown and developed into one of the world's major earth science libraries.

We have extensive collections of books, maps, journals and BGS publications. We also hold special collections of British geological photographs and archive material, chiefly the historical archives of the BGS.

Published material is acquired by exchange with overseas surveys and institutes as well as by purchase. In the past our collections have been enhanced by the incorporation of other collections such as the extensive holdings of the former Overseas Geological Surveys.