Academy Library

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the Academy Library. 

Who can use the Academy Library?

The Library is accessible by appointment only, Monday through Wednesday, 10 am–4 pm. 





Can I check out books from the Academy Library?

Items from the Academy Library are available by appointment only for in-house use. In order to facilitate wide research use, materials from our library are non-circulating and cannot leave the California Academy of Sciences. To make an appointment or to receive help finding a book or resource, contact the library.


How do I contact a Librarian?

Librarians are generally available during regular business hours (Monday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm). We can help you with questions, provide referrals, or schedule an appointment for you to visit the Library.  Please click on the button below to make a request.


How do I look up a book?

All of the Academy Library and Naturalist Center book, journal, and multimedia holdings are listed in the Academy Library catalog. Need pointers on your search? Try reading about searching or contact a librarian.


Can I reuse or publish your photographs or other materials?

In most cases, the answer is yes. Please contact the Library for more information.


How do I search for archival collections in the catalog?

Currently, those collections are not listed in the Library catalog.

You can search Archives image collections in the Manzanita Image Gallery via CalPhotos

Please contact the Library with any questions or for a list of the archival holdings.


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.

Contact the Library

Academy Library and Archives
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118