The splendid new Dana Research Centre and Library opened on Monday 9 November at its home at 165 Queens Gate, London SW7 5HD. The new library is more than we had hoped for with a beautiful design by Coffey Architects that provides a relaxing and inspirational atmosphere for visitors to use our collection for research.
The Library offers 18 reading desks and around 5,500 volumes of books and recent journals in the history and biography of science, technology and medicine and in museology. Readers will be able to consult selected archives and items from library collections transported from our stores in Wroughton. They can also access and print from our subscribed resources, which include large collections of digital resources.
We have also acquired a new Library Management system, Koha, to enable access to our library catalogue and manage other services and our catalogue entries have been transferred from Imperial College’s system. Archives are also available from our new Archives catalogue, which will also launch on 9 November.
The Library will be open 10:00-17:00 Monday to Friday and will be closed on Bank holidays and over the Christmas New Year period. For more information see our web page.
The new Dana Research Centre and Library is a manifestation of the Museum’s strong commitment to research and scholarship, which is also visible in our Research & Public History Department and its programme of collaborative doctoral studentships and research projects and our successful Science Museum Group Journal.The Department is now based at the Research Centre and shares an office with the library team.
The Dana Research Centre and Library will be formally opened during our inaugural conference on research in museums at the end of March 2016, but you would be most welcome to visit us before then.