National Museum of Natural History Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology Libraries

The Entomology and Invertebrate Zoology Libraries provide information support services to the Entomology and Invertebrate sections of the Department of Zoology at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20560 . In addition to serving museum staff, they also provide information assistance to a wide array of individuals including pre-doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows, visiting scientists, interns and the general public. 

The libraries' collections emphasize systematics, taxonomy, morphology, zoogeography, ecology, evolution, biodiversity and comparative anatomy as related to invertebrates. The collections date from the mid- nineteenth century and emphasize new world fauna.

More about the collections of the Department of Zoology that the Libraries' collections support can be found in the NMNH IZ Collections Search

Satellite Libraries

Entomology Library

Location: NMNH E532

The 23,000 volume collection is weighted in the areas of taxonomy and anatomy of insects and related arthropods, especially arachnids, diptera, hymenoptera, coleoptera, lepidoptera, hemiptera, trichoptera and odonata.

Invertebrate Zoology Library

Location: NMNH W346

The 5000 volume collection consists of publications in general invertebrate zoology, invertebrate paleobiology, coelenterates, echinoderms, sponges, worms and tunicates.  In 2009, the 7000 volume Mollusk Library and William Healey Dall Library was incorporated into the Invertebrate Zoology Library.  This collection covers bivalvia, gastropoda and cephalopoda, including an extensive invertebrate paleontology section.

Crustacea Library

Location: MSC Library (Museum Support Center, Suitland, MD)

The Mary J. Rathbun Memorial Library of Crustacean Literature is located in the Museum Support Center Library in Suitland Maryland.  The 2100 volume collection covers shrimps, lobsters, crabs and ostracods. In 2010, monographs from the Charles Branch Wilson Copepods Library (a large reprint collection maintained at MSC by the IZ department) were incorporated into the Crustacea Library. The 100+ volume collection specializes in one type of crustacean, the copepod.