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Botany Libraries

The Botany Libraries are rich repositories of rare books, manuscripts, field notes, and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media.

Added Names/Aliases: Library of the Gray Herbarium; Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany; Oakes Ames Orchid Library; Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames; Library of the Arnold Arboretum, Cambridge
 
 
 
 

HOURS OF OPERATION

 
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General Hours
Archives Hours
Farlow Hours
 
 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 
Contact by Phone
Main Reading Room (Line 1):
(617) 495-2366
Main Reading Room (Line 2):
(617) 496-1025
Farlow Library Reading Room:
(617) 495-2369
Contact by Email / Web
botref@oeb.harvard.edu
Baloon
22 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge MA, 02138
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ABOUT

 

The Harvard University Herbaria house five comprehensive, non-circulating research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The combined collections are rich repositories of rare books, manuscripts, field notes and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media. The Libraries support the academic and research interests of the faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Harvard University Herbaria and are open to an international community of scholars.

The Harvard University Herbaria house five comprehensive, non-circulating research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The combined collections are rich repositories of rare books, manuscripts, field notes and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media. The Libraries support the academic and research interests of the faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Harvard University Herbaria and are open to an international community of scholars.

The Harvard University Herbaria house five comprehensive, non-circulating research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The combined collections are rich repositories of rare books, manuscripts, field notes and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media. The Libraries support the academic and research interests of the faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Harvard University Herbaria and are open to an international community of scholars.

The Harvard University Herbaria house five comprehensive, non-circulating research libraries that are managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. The combined collections are rich repositories of rare books, manuscripts, field notes and historical correspondence, as well as current monographs, journals and electronic media. The Libraries support the academic and research interests of the faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Harvard University Herbaria and are open to an international community of scholars.

 

Collections

 

Arnold Arboretum Library, Cambridge

The Library of the Arnold Arboretum in Cambridge specializes in the identification and classification of "old world" plants, with special emphasis on Southeast Asia. The subjects include systematic botany, floras of the old world, literature on woody plants, and books on poisonous plants.

Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames

The Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames specializes in materials related to economic botany, medical botany, ethnobotany, narcotics and hallucinogens, sustainable agriculture, Linneana, and edible and poisonous plants.

Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany

The Farlow Library of Cryptogamic Botany collection is worldwide in scope, includes works on the identification and classification of algae, fungi, mosses, and lichens.

Gray Herbarium Library

The Library of the Gray Herbarium specializes in botanical history, floras of the new world, and Linnaeana and pre-Linnean sources.

Oakes Ames Orchid Library

The Oakes Ames Orchid Library contains an amazingly complete collection of orchid literature from all over the world.

Botany Libraries Archives

Each of the Botany Libraries collections contains a rich, archival component including correspondence, manuscripts, field notes and plant lists, botanical specimens, photographs, original artwork, audio and visual materials, artifacts, and ephemera.

 
 

LIBRARY SERVICES

 
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Internal ILL Policy: HARVARD: The Botany Libraries collections are non-circulating. Photocopies are provided free of charge to Harvard Libraries. ALA forms, E-Mail, and FAX requests are accepted. External ILL Policy: NON-HARVARD: The Botany Libraries provide photocopies. The charge is $15 plus $.10 per page over 20 pages.   ILL Borrowing Policy: BORROWING: The Botany Libraries will borrow materials for members of the department.

  • Reproduction Services
  • Reproduction services available from the Botany Libraries range from scans to photography when the condition and format of the material permit.

 
 

LIBRARY STAFF

 
DeCesare, Lisa Head of Archives and Public Services ldecesare@oeb.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Robson, Chris crobson@oeb.harvard.edu
Wade, Gretchen gwade@oeb.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
Warnement, Judith Librarian warnemen@oeb.harvard.edu Request an Appointment
 

VISITOR POLICIES

 
  • Visitor
  • The Botany Libraries reading rooms are open to all researchers regardless of academic affiliation. Those wishing to use the library must register on their first visit by presenting two forms of identification that include a photograph and proof of current address. No materials circulate; all materials are examined in the Reading Rooms. For security purposes, all bags, briefcases, portfolios, backpacks, purses, books, library materials and drawing tubes must be checked at the Service Desk. Readers may use personal property for note-taking and pencils are available at each work space. Readers may be asked to wash their hands or to wear gloves when handling photographic materials and other items. On occasion permission may be granted to use personal cameras. Use of personal scanners and cell phones, and food and drinks are not permitted in the Reading Rooms.