About the Library
The Library of the American Museum of Natural History was established in 1869 with the founding of the Museum.
Since that time the Library has grown into one of the largest natural history libraries in the world, with topics spanning the full range of the natural sciences except botany. It also includes the astronomy collection, transferred from the Hayden Planetarium in 1997.
The Library's primary function is to serve and support the work of the Museum's scientific staff. The Library also serves scholars in natural history from around the world, as well as interested members of the general public. The Library's holdings are comprised of a research collection, special collections, and digital collections.