San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature Connection[BRCC San Diego Natural History Museum: Research Library]

Research Library

The Collection
Rare Books
The Catalog

Museum History, Events & Notable People
Valentien Project
JSTOR (Journal Archive)


Margaret Dykens
fax: 619.232.0248

Click on image to see larger photo of our Research Library
Click on image to view expanded photo of our Research Library; Photo by François Gohier.
The Museum maintains a complete natural history reference library, with greatest strengths in the historic research interests of the institution -- botany, entomology, geology, herpetology, ornithology, mammalogy, marine invertebrates, and paleontology. The 56,000 volume collection includes both standard and obscure references, journals, rare books and maps.

Photographic prints, slides, the Klauber Special Collections Library, works of art on natural history subjects, and an archive of materials related to the Museum's history of scientific exploration and research are also in the collection of the Research Library.

The library is supported in part by the Mildred Hughes Meeder Endowment and the W. W. Whitney Family Research Fund. The library is under the care of Library Director Margaret Dykens.

  Enjoy a close-up look of the research library and the Museum's rare book, The Audubon Double Elephant Folio. Video credit: Lollo Enstad

Use Policy

The library is available by appointment only.


The catalog is available online at

Volunteer Opportunities

The library relies heavily on its volunteer staff, both for routine work and special projects. The librarian also supervises interns and work-study students. Anyone interested in volunteering in this or any department please complete an online application on the volunteer pages. You will also find descriptions of the various programs and current opportunities.