Since 1861, the Ernst Mayr Library has been committed to providing and preserving information resources and services to support the research and teaching activities of nearly 20,000 individuals at Harvard University. In particular, the library serves Harvard’s science community comprised of undergraduate & graduate students, staff and faculty of the Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ), the Departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) and Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) as well as members of the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Additionally, the Library is a resource for visiting scholars conducting research in the fields of natural history and zoology and the general public who may also use the Library with restrictions.
The library’s staff of twelve, works hard to ensure that the library continues to be a center of learning and maintains its role as a leading resource in the fields of natural history, zoology, paleontology, biodiversity and comparative biology, evolution and ecology, and strongly supports molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, genetics and bioinformatics. Over the past 150 years, the collection has grown from 6,000 to 274,000 volumes. In 2005, the Library began collaborating with twelve U.S. natural history libraries to create the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Since that time the library has scanned over 2.5 million pages from its collections to be incorporated as part of the complete corpus of legacy taxonomic literature.

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