It is housed on 2 sites, one in London and one near Wroughton, on the Science Museum's airfield site, just beside the main road from Swindon to Avebury.
The collections are kept in climate controlled stores, so you need to contact the library to arrnage a time to visit, they are open Monday-Friday, they are very keen to have more visitors, so do ring:
01793 846222 or email: SMLwroughton@sciencemuseum.org.uk.
Also visit website pages at: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/library
I was very excited to discover such an amazing repository of fascinating books, journals, maps and drawings.
Here's a taste of what there is to see:
Basically a study of volcanoes, and below is a close up of the picture:
Here are some of the drawings:
Next is a drawing of the 3rd Lighthouse to be built on the Eddystone Rocks, it was built out of stone by John Smeaton (1724-1792)and completed in 1759, the others built in 1696 and 1709 were destroyed by fire and storms respectively:
And a drawing of the Magdeburg hemispheres failing to be pulled apart by 2 teams of 8 horses in 1654:
And a drawing from the book by Alexander von Humbolt 1769-1859: a Prussian geographer, naturalist and explorer went to Latin America. He was the first person to propose lands bordering the Atlantic Ocean were once joined:
There are numerous good pubs to eat in on the way back from the Science Museum.