Scanned records

BGS Information Hub

As part of our continued commitment to putting more information out for open access, the BGS has released a number of its scanned collections on OpenGeoscience. These include over one million borehole log scans and images of our small- and medium-scale maps.

Terms of use

Data assets are delivered under the Open Government Licence, subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying the reproduced BGS materials: “Contains British Geological Survey materials © UKRI [year]“.

Irish historical geological maps are delivered free for non-commercial use; use this material for private study, research and educational activities. See individual websites for specific terms and conditions.

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BGS Maps Portal

BGS maps portal

High-resolution viewing of images of almost all the small- and medium-scale geological maps produced by the BGS since mapping started in 1832.

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borehole records

Geoindex boreholes

The BGS Geoindex borehole layer, offers direct, online access to the National Geoscience Data Centre collection of onshore scanned boreholes, shafts and well records.

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BGS library cards

Library services: online card catalogue

The card catalogue records items added to the BGS Library service from 1970 to the mid 1980s, when the computerised catalogue ENVIROLIB began

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Magnetogram Eskdalemuir 1909


BGS scanned collection of historical magnetograms – original recordings of the variations in the strength and direction of the Earth’s magnetic field.

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Non-coal mining plans

A range of mine plans from a variety of sources including the Health and Safety Executive mine abandonment plans, published mine plans and plans of mine workings.

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Irish historical geological maps

A range of historical geological maps, sections and memoirs of Ireland, mostly 19th century.

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BGS Publications viewer

Publications viewer

Access to formal BGS print publications and the recent Research Reports/Open Reports series.

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Minerals online sample Specimen Card for the pegmatite deposits of Virginia, USA.

BGS Mineral Index card catalogue

The BGS Mineral Index is card catalogue of mineral intelligence references covering the years 1917–1980.

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