Scientific and technical journals

The National Library of Scotland has one of the largest collections of scientific publications in Scotland. The collections are strong in key areas of importance to Scotland.

Our scientific and technical material includes:


The Library holds over 5,000 current scientific and technical journals, and extensive historical runs of UK journals.

Indexes and abstracts

Many major resources are available in print format. Subjects covered range from agriculture to zoology. If you can't find what you're looking for in the Library's main catalogue, please contact us.

Electronic resources

The Library's electronic resources search service allows networked access to online databases via dedicated workstations in our George IV Bridge Building. There are a number of scientific databases, including the ISI Web of Science database, which indexes around 8,500 different journals in the field of science, social science and humanities. Of particular interest is Science Citation Index from 1997. For a comprehensive listing of electronic resources, see the licensed digital collections list. As well as the sources available through the network, we offer access to other sources.


Selection of books

As the Library is entitled to claim a copy of most printed material published in the United Kingdom, from academic texts to popular science and children's books, there is something for everyone.

A wide range of dictionaries, encyclopaedias, directories and handbooks can also be used to find detailed information on scientific and related subjects.


Standards documents

The Library holds a complete printed set of British Standards. We also hold superseded standards and have access to the Standards Infobase database, which is useful for tracing information on international and foreign standards. As members of the British Standards Institute, we can arrange to borrow some of the more obscure standards.

Most of the material in the science and technology collections is listed in the Library's main catalogue.

Royal Society of Edinburgh Periodicals Collection

Many of the titles in this collection are not available anywhere else in Britain and are now listed in the main catalogue: please see our RSE Periodicals page for more information.


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