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Research Library Historical View

The Research Library as it looked around 1930. Some of the chairs and tables are still in use today.


Research Library News

What Are We working on now?

The Sierra Club Donation

A collection of books were donated to NHM from the Sierra Club Library. This collection will broaden our understanding and awareness of the natural world as well as environmental issues. It features rich and varied material on flora, fauna and natural environments regionally and worldwide, which can be used as a valuable resource for research work and educational outreach.

Other News

Rare Books Collection Donation

The Research Library is in the process of cataloging a collection of rare books published from the 1700s to 1800s. they contain many vivid illustrations and detailed descriptions of birds, plants, and mammals from around the world. The collection includes works by Audubon, Martyn, Perry and numerous other names prominent in the study of natural history.

Volunteer Opportunites

Possible projects (subject to change) include:

  • Original and copy cataloging using OCLC including backlogs of subject collections in sectional libraries including the Page Museum at La Brea Tar Pits and the  William S. Hart Ranch and Museum (Newhall, CA) locations
  • Retrospective catalog conversion from Dewey to Library of Congress classification
  • Image collections and scholarly publications management
  • Integrated library system customization and management
  • Global scholarly publications exchange program management
  • Research and proposal writing for funding support
  • Book repair and conservation
  • Map collection management


For more information about intern opportunities within the Research Library, contact the Librarian at (213) 763-3268 or

For more information about volunteering in other areas of the Museum, please contact (213) 763-3341 or