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Research Questions, Reproduction Requests & Donations
If you have a question for a natural history librarian, or about local, regional, or Academy history, please contact the Library.
For questions about exhibits or the Academy building, please contact the Naturalist Center.
If you would like information on Academy publications, including permission to reproduce or republish Academy works, please contact Scientific Publications.
The Academy Library does accept donations of library, archival, and photographic materials. Please contact us for more information before sending or delivering a donation.
Who can use the Academy Library?
The Library is open to all staff, students, and volunteers of the Academy during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm).
Members of the public with a legitimate research interest are welcome to use the collections by appointment.
Can I check out books from the Academy Library?
Items from the Academy Library only circulate to Academy Staff for in-house use. Members of the public may view items in the Naturalist Center
How do I contact a Librarian?
Librarians are generally available during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm).
We can help you with questions, provide referrals, or schedule an appointment for you to visit the Library.
You can contact the Library by
Phone: (415) 379-5484
How do I look up a book?
How do I find journal articles?
The Academy Library offers access to a variety of databases and indexes, both free and subscription services. You must be on-site at the Academy to use the subscription databases.
I know what I want, now how do I get it?
Can I reuse or publish your photographs or other materials?
In most cases, the answer is yes. Please see Scanning, Reproduction & Use for more information.
I can’t find any archival collections in the catalog. How do I search for those?
Can I volunteer at the Library?
We periodically have volunteer opportunities for both short-term, project based and long-term assignments.
Please contact Volunteer Services if you are interested in becoming a Library volunteer.