Research Library

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 Herpetological 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.

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Enjoy a close-up look at the Research Library and one of the Museum's rare books , The Audubon Double Elephant Folio . Video credit: Lollo Enstad

Use Policy

The Library is available by appointment only.