The Main Library is open to the public Monday through Friday 1 PM to 5 PM. Archive and Special Collections are open by appointment only. Appointments may be made by contacting the Museum Librarian or the Archive Specialist by phone or e-mail.
The Library is located adjacent to the John and Peggy Maximus Antique Natural History Art Gallery. Maps are available in the admissions office.
Use of Collections
The Library collections have been developed for the purpose of in-depth research in the natural sciences and California anthropology. Collections are especially strong in regional natural history, Chumash Indian history and culture and the California Channel Islands. Library materials are non-circulating and may not be taken from the Library.
All patrons must register in the Researcher’s Log Book before using the Library’s collections. Food, drinks and cell phones are prohibited in the Library. Laptop computers are acceptable, however patrons must provide their own power source. Scanning of library materials is not allowed without the express permission of the Librarian.
Reference staff may limit the use of especially fragile, rare or sensitive materials at their discretion. Use of rare books, manuscripts and archival material is by appointment only. Researchers requesting these materials must complete an archive registration form stating the purpose of their research.
Patrons are expected to exercise care while handling library materials and are requested to use pencils for note taking. The use of paper clips and sticky-notes is not allowed on library materials. Bookmarks are available for researchers’ use.
A reference librarian is available during Library hours to assist with research inquiries. Librarians will not do research for patrons, but are able to answer reference questions using library sources, research databases and provide assistance on how to conduct research within the Museum Library.
Reference questions may be submitted via e-mail, post or the telephone. This service is provided for quick ready reference inquiries; patrons desiring more in-depth information will be asked to visit the library in-person.
A self-service photocopy machine is provided for library patrons. Restrictions are applied to rare, fragile, oversized and archival materials. Copies are $.20 per page payable by cash or check. Patrons are advised that the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the reproduction of all copyrighted materials. Patrons using the photocopy machine will be held personally liable for any copyright infringement.
Persons wishing copies from the Library’s photographic or special collections must submit requests in writing, complete the requisite forms available from the Librarian, and pay all applicable fees at the time of their request. Patrons should allow three weeks time for processing.
The Library may be able to host your class for read-a-louds or research projects on local animals, endangered species, Chumash Indians and the Channel Islands. Call or e-mail the Museum Librarian for more information.