Library

Services and facilities

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.

The BGS Library at Keyworth 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.

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Collections

The map collection contains over 200 000 maps and atlases. Maps comprise single maps, sheets in series, items in books and serials and range from hand-drawn maps pre-dating the foundation of the Survey to modern digital plots.

Subject coverage is mainly geological and related themes and most of the world is represented. Medium scale topographic maps are held for the UK (1:50 000, 1:25 000) and (usually) small scale worldwide.

Search for a map in our catalogue.

For enquiries on maps (or about any of our collections) please contact us at BGS Library.

To purchase a BGS-produced map, please visit our bookshop.

All aspects of the geosciences are represented in the library’s book collection of approximately 100 00 items. Acquisitions from 1980 can be searched in the library catalogue.

The Library holds a comprehensive collection of all BGS publications, details of which can be found in the library catalogue. Copies of all memoirs, sheet explanations and sheet descriptions, reports, and staff papers are held by the Keyworth library.

The largest collection in the Library is the journal collection. This consists of approximately 12 000 serial titles of which 700 are current. Some of these are purchased, but many are received as gifts or as part of exchange agreements with geological surveys throughout the world. Please check the library catalogue for holdings.

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