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The Vertebrate Zoology Libraries consist of the Amphibian and Reptiles, Fishes, Birds,and Mammals Libraries, as well as the Remington Kellogg Library of Marine Mammology. Materials published before 1840, are housed in the rare book collections of the Cullman Library of Natural History. These satellite libraries of the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Library are spread throughout the National Museum of Natural History Building in downtown Washington, D.C.

Access to Libraries

Smithsonian staff, visiting researchers, and the public may visit individual libraries in person. For non-affiliated visiting researchers and the public, an appointment is required. Library hours may vary. When planning a visit, be sure to call ahead to confirm that they will be open. The libraries are closed on all federal holidays.

Telephone: 202-633-1680
Fax Number: 202-357-1896


Vertebrate Zoology Libraries Homepage
Cullman Library of Natural History (Rare Books)
Biodiversity Heritage Library
Smithsonian Research Online
Smithsonian Galaxy of Images


Spotlight on Amateur Naturalists

Spotlight on Amateur Naturalists

Through this presentation you are invited to review the history and works of amateur naturalists who have contributed to our knowledge of vertebrate zoology.

Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of the Birds of Ohio

Illustrations of the Nests and Eggs of the Birds of Ohio

This exceptional work was published in the small town of Circleville, Ohio, over a period of eight years (from 1879 to 1886) through the dedicated efforts of the family and friends of a young woman named Genevieve Jones. Produced not just by amateurs but largely by women, far from the publishing houses and intellectual centers of 19th-century America, the book was hailed as an extraordinary achievement.

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