BGS publication viewer — publications from 1835 to present

This resource provides access to a range of free to view publications produced by the survey, and by other bodies whose responsibility was later taken over by the survey (for example the Imperial Institute/Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau).

Access is provided to formal BGS print publications and to the recent research reports/open reports series, and are arranged into the traditional categories shown below. A notable addition is Earthwise, the digital publication channel.

Links are provided to the BGS Online Shop for purchase of print versions. Out of print works can also be purchased in searchable PDF format.

Scanning of publications is a work in progress, and publications such as BGS technical reports will be added at a later stage. Please contact us if you require a publication which is not yet available.

Alphabetical series list

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Regional UK and Ireland

Regional guides

Early Survey memoirs



Sheet memoirs - Old Series:

Horizontal-vertical sections:

Sheet memoirs New Series:



Sheet memoirs:

Ireland (as part of former Geological Survey of UK)

Northern Ireland

Classical areas

General memoirs

Annual reports

Accounts of work undertaken by the Survey

Palaeontology memoirs

Catalogues of publications, photographs and the Library

Publications relating to the Museum or the Survey



IGS (Scotland):

BGS occasional publications

UKOOA and related volumes

ENDS Report

Publications on computing

Popular publications

Great Britain:

Northern Ireland:

Economic memoirs


MAR sand and gravel reports:




Supplementary to memoirs:


County memoirs:

Sheet reports:

Miscellaneous series:

UK mineral statistics, mines and quarries



Geological Survey of the United Kingdom, district memoirs

Imperial Institute to Overseas Geological Survey

Annual reports:


Imperial Institute/Imperial Mineral Resources Bureau

Statistical summary:

Mineral industry of the British Empire 1913-1944:

Mineral Monographs:

Mining Laws:

World Mineral Resources:

Results of research:

Colonial Geological Survey

Results of research:

Overseas Geological Survey

Results of research:

Results of research (Geophysical):

Modern mineral statistics



Afric/Asia/South America:

Specific countries

United Arab Emirates:


Terms of use publications portal

To meet with BGS's commitment to the openness of its data, the materials available through this portal are viewable under the Open Government Licence. This licence is subject to the following acknowledgement accompanying any use of the material: "British Geological Survey © NERC [year] ".

In some instances material released under this portal contains not only BGS, but identified third party data. Third party data is not covered by the OGL: if users wish to reuse any of this data, they must gain direct permission from the appropriate copyright owner to do so.

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