The BGS offers a range of services and information for businesses, home-owners, policy-makers and the general public.

On-site facilities

Biostratigraphy & palaeontology


Consultancy: petroleum exploration, civil engineering, geohazards.
Macropalaeontology, micropalaeontology and palynology expertise.
Specialist training: morphology, taxonomy, stratigraphical applications.

Information and data

BGS holds a wide range of geoscientific data

Search online datasets: borehole core, map-based index, fossil classification (taxonomy), palaeontological collections, photographic archive.
Rock: collections, dictionary (lexicon) and classification scheme.


BGS Library

One of the world's major earth science libraries. Collections include: books, maps, journals and BGS publications.
Search our library using NERC Worldcat, or visit in person.

Meeting and conference facilities

Meeting room

BGS has well-equipped meeting rooms and a conference suite that can be hired by the day or half-day at BGS in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire.

Science facilities

BGS staff in the laboratory

Our laboratories and other operations include: marine operations and engineering, borehole drilling, geophysical observatories, borehole geophysics, remote sensing laboratory, 3D visualisation facility

Training | BGS GeoSchool

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Environment and processes, geoscience modelling, hydrocarbons and energy, mapping and digital field data, minerals, publications, remote sensing and photogeology, statistics for geoscientists

Consultancy and online services

3D geology

3D geological model

We are developing 3D models at range of scales which help us visualise the ground beneath our feet without the need for interpretation of traditional geological maps. The models are available at various resolutions and in a range of formats.

Contact Enquiries

BGS staff answering an enquiry

Contact Enquiries if you can't find the information you need on our website.
The Enquiries Team will be happy to answer your question or put you in touch with the specialist you need.


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BGS Informatics manages our wealth of geoscience data, information and other materials and is responsible for making our data widely available.

Services for you

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Customer-focused services.
From homebuyer to government, universities and research.
Construction, consultants, conveyancy, energy, minerals, transport, water.

Shops and publications

Row of books

Online bookshop — buy books, maps and guides.
Online site specific reports — GeoReports
Online borehole records — GeoRecords
Publications catalogue

Hiring marine equipment

Hiring marine equipment

Do you require sediment or rock samples from the deep ocean environment? Marine operations can help you. Marine Operations design, build, operate and hire a range of subsea sampling equipment that can recover cores in up to 4000m of water.