Our collection has plenty of material on science and technology that will enlighten and enthral – from astronomy and botany to ornithology, mathematics, paleontology and microsurgery.
We have a large number of works on the history of science, scientific biography and the impact of science and technology on society and on the planet.
During the 19th and early 20th century, the Library collected most major scientific and technological books and journals. This resulted in extensive historical collections, notably in botany, ornithology, astronomy, patents, trademarks, designs, engineering, motoring journals and motor manuals, and medical pamphlets. Significant early editions (by Darwin, Newton and Galileo, amongst others) are held in the Library’s Rare Books collection, some of which are displayed in the Mirror of the World exhibition.
A wealth of information is contained in historic collections of major journals such as Nature, Science, The Engineer, The Australasian coachbuilder & saddler and liveryman’s journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London, Autocar and The Auk. These, and many other journals are comprehensively listed in major published indexes, such as Engineering index, Industrial arts index and Australian science index.
Current science is also represented, with many journals available online as well as books by writers such as Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking, Dian Fossey, Rachel Carson, Stephen J Gould, Richard Dawkins and Paul Davies. A range of contemporary science topics are covered, with works on climatology, renewable energy, conservation, health, biotechnology, astronomy, forensic science, robotics, genetics, communications, food, cooking and computer science.