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BGS LibraryThe 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

In light of UK Government guidance concerning the Coronavirus (Covid-19) the BGS Geology Shops are temporarily closed. This includes our BGS shops at Keyworth, Edinburgh and London.

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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.