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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.

The Research Library also holds collections of photographic prints and 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.

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 Research Library Director Ariel Hammond.


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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