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About Science Reference ServicesPhoto:  Jefferson mural in the Science and Business Reading Room.

About the Division

The Science, Technology, and Business Division's primary responsibilities are to provide reference and bibliographic services and to develop the collections in all areas of science and technology (with the exception of clinical medicine and technical agriculture, which are subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library respectively) and business, management and economics. Reference assistance and access to the Library's scientific collection is provided in Science Reference Services  and access to the business, management and economics collections is provided in Business Reference Services.

The Technical Reports and Standards Special Collection has an extensive collection of over 4.4 million U.S. and foreign technical reports and standards.   The Science, Technology and Business Division Overview includes additional information about the institutional origins of the Division, the Science Tracer Bullet Series, and the strengths of the Library's scientific collections.

Photo:  readers using the tables in the main part of the Reading Room. About the Science Reading Room

The Science Reading Room is the public service access point for the Library's scientific and technical materials as well as for the division's 4.4 million technical reports, military standards, and worldwide industrial standards. This reading room supports access to information in all areas of science and technology including engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, biology, medicine, earth sciences, agriculture, military science, naval science, and much more. The Library does not collect works on clinical medicine or technical agriculture, which are the subject specialties of the National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library respectively.

The vast subject fields encompassed by the terms "science" and "technology" occupy four extensive areas of the Library's classification system: Q (Science), R (Medicine), S (Agriculture), and T (Technology). A number of other scientific and technical disciplines are included in other classes, such as parts of class B (Psychology), G (Geography, Oceanography, Anthropology), H (Transportation, Drug Abuse, Alcoholism), N (Architecture), U (Military Science), V (Naval Science), and Z (Library and Information Science as well as bibliographies of scientific and technological subjects).

 Visitors to the Adams Building fifth floor will find the Science Reading Room divided into three areas: The main reading area, the Science Reference Alcove and the Business Reading Alcove. The Science Reference Alcove located on the left side of the reading room as you enter from the elevator area. Map of the Adams Building Fifth Floor

The Science Reference Alcove reference desks where Science Reference Librarians will help readers with their research. Also in the Alcove are the reference desk collection and computer workstations that are available to readers. One can access the Library of Congress Catalog, online Abstracts and Indexes, and the Internet. All workstations are for research purposes only. The online Abstracts and Indexes are available only from the Library's premises. Several Abstracts and Indexes in print form round out the collection.

Photo: Shelves of books, with dispaly of books and magazines  on Einstien in the foreground. Just outside of the alcove is the current journal collection, the dictionary collection, and microform Reader/printers to use with for the Technical Reports microform collection.

The Science reference collection is located in the back of the main reading area of the Science and Business Reading Room. It is comprised of definitive works, frequently used references and the pamphlet collection.


Photo: The dictionary collection.

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