Welcome to the California Academy of Sciences Library. We serve the research and educational needs of all Academy staff, docents, volunteers, members, educators and students, and the community at large. Our mission is to facilitate access to scientific information and Academy history. These pages provide information about our collections, services, staff, and resources.

Library News


The Librarians are Blogging!

We are proud to introduce From the Stacks, the Academy Library blog!

Visit From the Stacks for the latest news, information, and musings from the Academy Library. Fresh knowledge from our collections to your brain.

Visit the blog >>>

Library Collections


The Academy Library, founded in 1853, is a research library devoted to natural history and the natural sciences. Our subject strengths include: Systematics and Taxonomy, Evolutionary Biology, Biodiversity, Biogeography, Local and Regional Natural Sciences, and Natural History. Our varied collections that include books, journals (in print and online), photographs, slides, digital images, maps, primary source materials, and other media.

Explore our collections >>>

Academy Library Catalog

Search the Academy Library's book and journal collections.

Quick Catalog Search

  Word or Phrase:  
  Field to search  

Need Help?


Click above to get help, contact a Librarian, make an appointment, & explore our tutorials.

Library Collections


Explore new aquisitions, Special Collections, the Academy Archives, the Manzanita Image Project, and the Naturalist Center.

eJournals & eResources


The Academy Library subscribes to a variety of indexes and databases (such as Zoological Record) to assist with your research, and an extensive collection of full-text electronic journals.



The Academy Library offers a range of information services, including reference assistance, training and orientations, and interlibrary loan.

Library News


On the Page, the Academy Library's newsletter. Keep up with new Library developments!

Contact Info


For general inquiries about the Academy Library please contact:

Library Reference

NEW! Chat live with a Librarian

Explore the Academy
Explore Science
Events + Lectures
Sustainable Future
Plan Your Visit
Getting Here
Daily Programs
Tour Groups
Plan an Event
About the Building
Science Heroes
Earth and Space Sciences
Life Forms
New Academy Campaign
Planned Giving
Corporate Giving
Annual Fund