Docent Library

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

The Sierra Club Library donated a collection of books to the Museum Library that will broaden our understanding and awareness of the natural world and environmental issues. This valuable collection will be used to support Museum research and educational outreach, and features rich and varied material on regional and global flora, fauna and natural environments.

Other News

Rare Books Collection Donation

The Research Library recently cataloged a collection of rare books published from the 1700s and 1800s. These books contain many vivid illustrations and detailed descriptions of birds, plants, and mammals from around the world, including works by Audubon, Martyn, Perry and many other prominent figures in the natural history field.

Volunteer Opportunites

Ongoing projects (subject to change) include:

  • Original and copy cataloging using OCLC including backlogs of subject collections in sectional libraries including the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, and the William S. Hart Ranch and Museum (Newhall, CA) locations
  • Retrospective catalog conversion from Dewey to Library of Congress classification
  • Shifting of major sections of the library collection of books and journals
  • 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 Chief Librarian at (213) 763-3268 or

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