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Research Library Special Collections

Library Contact Information

Open by Appointment Only:
   Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm

Phone: 213.763.3268
    Fax: 213.763.3592


The Research Library

The Research Library collection consists of materials in a variety of fields, including anthropology, ethnology, history, mineralogy, paleontology, and zoology. The collection focuses on Southern California history, geography, and industry with over 200,000 books, journals, maps, and Special Collection materials.

Search the Library's Online Catalog.

Latest Additions to our Collections

The Sierra Club Donation

The Sierra Club donation will strengthen the book collection related to the Western region and environment. 

To read the full article, visit the Library News page.

Research Library Volunteer Opportunities

The Research Library at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is considered a specialized cultural institution library with subject collections in selected areas of natural history. Internships are considered part of the Museum’s volunteer program and therefore are unpaid opportunities. All interns are directly supervised by the Chief Librarian. While a science background is helpful, it is not required.

For more information about current Volunteer Opportunties in the library, visit the Library News page.