The history of science, including astronomy, is well represented in our collections. See especially:

  • Simson: contains many early astronomical texts, from the library of Robert Simson (1687-1768)
  • Hunterian: wide ranging collection, particularly good for medieval and Renaissance science in general.

To search across all our collections, by name or keyword, please use the rare books search (for printed material) and the manuscripts search (for unpublished material including notebooks, papers, photographs and drawings).

Web exhibitions
relating to astronomy: