David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center

Visitors in the reading room, David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center.
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The Library will be closed on Monday, 5/27/2024 in observance of Memorial Day.

Welcome to the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center, the Museum’s principal repository for published scientific literature and archives. 

Visit the Reading Room

The Reading Room in the David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center is a quiet space for independent or small group study. We welcome the entire Museum community and public visitors alike to work in and enjoy our space without an appointment. While you are here, please visit the exhibit "What's In a Name?" in our new Alcove Gallery, browse our great range book display, or simply relax in a comfortable chair beside sweeping views of tree-lined Theodore Roosevelt Park.

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Visitors in the reading room facing the great range, David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center. Visitors in the reading room facing the great range, David S. and Ruth L. Gottesman Research Library and Learning Center.
Alvaro Keding/©AMNH

Museum Archives

Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library

The Museum Archives preserves the histories and collective memory of the American Museum of Natural History through primary resources on scientific expeditions, research, exhibitions, education, administration, and cultural life.

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From left to right: film camera, Natural History of Central Asia volumes, field artwork, lantern slides, film reels, field book, photographic prints, Items from the Museum Archives.
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Virtual Resources

Virtual Resources

Discover the rich and growing array of digital content by and about the American Museum of Natural History from the Gottesman Research Library and the Museum Archives.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Illustration of Katherine Beneker, Exhibition Coordinator, by Joseph M. Sedacca.

Learn about projects, resources, and perspectives from the Museum's librarians, archivists, interns, and volunteers.

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From Central Archives: Illustration of Katherine Beneker, Exhibition Coordinator, by Joseph M. Sedacca
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