Research Library 

The library in the Collections and Research Division includes more than 10,000 volumes with an emphasis on mollusks, birds, and Delmarva ecosystems. The library is exceptionally strong in classic and rare systematics works on mollusks, as well as having substantial holdings of recent monographs, reprints, and journals.

The research library also houses the archives of materials associated with some of the Museum’s major collections.  These include correspondence and field notes. 

The Collections & Research library is not a circulating library, but researchers may use it by appointment during the hours 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Please contact library [at] delmnh.org for further information or to arrange a visit.

Duplicate Books
As the result of donations to the Museum’s library, we have a number of duplicate books that we would like to offer to other libraries. These are offered only to libraries, museums, or other nonprofit institutions on a first come- first served basis. These books are not available to individuals.  The books are free but requestors must reimburse the Museum for the cost of shipping (payable by check). Books can only be mailed to U.S. addresses. Please send your request (or any questions) to library [at] delmnh.org and include the title(s) you are requesting, the name of your institution, a statement of its not-for-profit status, and your agreement to pay for shipping costs.  Availability of books on this list may change without notice.


American Ornithologists Union, Proceedings of the XIII International Ornithological Congress, Ithaca, vol. 1&2

Deignan, H.G., THE BIRDS OF NORTHERN THAILAND, USNM, Bulletin 186, 1945.

Friedmann, Herbert, BIRDS COLLECTED BY THE CHILDS FRICK EXPEDITION TO ETHIOPIA & KENYA COLONY, PT. 2-PASSERES, UNMN, Bulletin 153 (3 copies), 1937.

Irving, Laurence, BIRDS OF ANAKTUVUK PASS, KOBUK & OLD CROW, USNM, Bulletin 217, 1960. (2 copies)

Mackworth-Praed & Grant, BIRDS OF EASTERN AND NORTH EASTERN AFRICA, Series One, Vol. 1, 2nd Ed., 1957 and Vol. 2, 2nd Ed., 1960).

Mackworth-Praed & Grant, Birds of the Southern Third of Africa, Series Two, vol. 1 (1962) and 2 (1963).

Marshall, A.J. (ed.), Biology and Comparative Physiology of Birds, vol. 1 & 2, Academic Press, 1960.

Oberholser, Harry C., THE BIRDS OF THE NATUNA ISLANDS, USNM, Bulletin 159, 1932.

Palmer, Ralph S., HANDBOOK OF NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS, Vol. 1, 1962

Riley, J.H., BIRDS FROM SIAM & THE MALAY PENINSULA, USNM, Bulletin 172, 1938.

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