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BISC Member Libraries

The American Museum of Natural History - BISC member since 2002

The Library of the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) was established in 1869 with the founding of the Museum. Since that time the Library has grown into one of the largest natural history libraries in the world, with topics spanning the full range of the natural sciences except botany. The Library's collection is rich in retrospective materials, some going back to the 15th century. It includes many materials that are difficult to find elsewhere. It also includes the Perkin Astronomy Collection, transferred from the Hayden Planetarium in 1997. 

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Library and Archives - BISC member since 2002

Each year 8,000 of the world's leading life scientists are drawn to the campus for Cold Spring Harbor Lab's Meetings, Courses, and Banbury Conferences, where new findings and next steps in research are communicated. The CSHL Press publishes textbooks, laboratory manuals, and highly sited research journals. The Ph.D.-granting program at the Watson School of Biological Sciences is training the next generation of molecular biologists. CSHL also runs the Dolan DNA Learning Center, where numerous middle and high school students have gained hands-on lab experience.

The CSHL Library is home to a specialized collection of books, journals, and electronic materials covering the disciplines of molecular biology and biotechnology, cancer research, genetics, neurobiology, bioinformatics and plant genetics.  Our mission is to provide our scientists, staff and graduate students, and meeting and course participants access to a state-of-the-art scientific library.

The CSHL Archives was created to house a repository of rare books, manuscripts, lab notes, correspondence, photos, and reprints, providing a glimpse into American scientific research and the work of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory since 1890. Its goal is to preserve original material relating to the history of molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology, and to make these documents available to the general public worldwide.

Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology - BISC member since 2002

The Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology was established in 1861 by Louis Agassiz, and renamed in honor of renowned evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr in 1995.  It is one of the life science libraries of the Harvard University Library system, serving faculty, students and researchers.  The Library is committed to being a leading resource in the fields of natural history, zoology, paleontology, biodiversity and comparative biology, evolution and ecology, and strongly supporting molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, neuroscience, genetics and bioinformatics.  
The Ernst Mayr Library collects works at the graduate research level in zoology, animal behavior, biodiversity, bioinformatics, biological oceanography, cell biology, comparative biology, conservation biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, natural history, neurobiology, and paleontology. Special Collections include older natural history volumes and the archives of the Museum of Comparative Zoology.  

The Marine Biological Laboratory and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - BISC member since 2002

For over a century, the MBLWHOI Library has been the intellectual heart of the Woods Hole scientific community. Today the Library is internationally recognized for defining current trends and practices in marine information sciences and informatics ranging from oceanography to biodiversity and biomedical disciplines.

The Marine Biological Laboratory and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution maintain a vital partnership in the day-to-day operation of the MBLWHOI Library. The Library continues to build one of the most unique digital and electronic literature collection and resources in the biological, biomedical, ecological, and oceanographic sciences. The Library has broken the physical barriers of the charming village and surrounding waters of Woods Hole, to serve the cutting edge bio- information needs of affiliated researchers worldwide, often no more than a single email message away.

In addition to serving MBL and WHOI scientists daily, the staff and resources of the MBLWHOI Library are utilized year round by the distinguished resident research and education programs of the Brown University Ph.D. Program, the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, the Sea Education Association, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole Research Center and the United States Geological Survey. The Library also supports a unique summer population of visiting researchers and students from more than 200 institutions worldwide.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - BISC member since 2005

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Library is located in the Rockefeller Research Building on 67th Street. MSKCC staff and patients can access journal articles, databases and web resources. The Library supports the Center's mission to improve patient care, support clinical and laboratory research, and enhance education. We select, acquire and provide relevant scientific and medical information. Customized training programs are available to optimize access to information. We are committed to outstanding service and to implementing innovations that meet the needs of our users.

The New York Botanical Garden - BISC member since 2002

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library of The New York Botanical Garden is considered to be one of the world’s greatest repositories of botanical and horticultural literature housing published and archival documents that trace the development of botany and horticulture from the twelfth century to the present day.  The collections reflect the evolution of plant study from its origins in ancient medicine and agriculture to modern scientific pursuits including plant genomics, molecular systematics, economic and ethnobotany and the conservation of biodiversity.  The Library’s holdings are particularly strong in the areas of floristic botany, taxonomy and horticulture with a focus on the Western hemisphere.

The Rockefeller University Library - BISC member since 2002

The Rockefeller University Library, located in Welch Hall, has provided more than a century of science information support to the Rockefeller community. Rockefeller Research Institute was founded in 1901 by John D. Rockefeller as the nation's first biomedical research institution dedicated to training scientists at the cutting edge of biomedical knowledge.  The Institute became the University in the 1950's when the degree granting program was formalized. The library draws upon it's extensive collections in life sciences, the expertise of its staff, and a wide network of consortial relationships to provide effective and efficient scientific information support to the research and education mission of the University.   An in-depth history of The Rita and Frits Markus Library describes contributions to the university community. 

The Science, Industry and Business branch of the New York Public Library - BISC member since 2008

The Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), located on Madison Avenue, is one of the specialized centers of The New York Public Library.  SIBL commits its exceptional resources and expertise to providing open access to information in support of education, research and entrepreneurial activities. In this leadership role, SIBL delivers innovative information and education services, accelerates access to networked information in science and business collections, collaborates with external organizations and businesses, and fosters an environment conducive to creative thinking and problem solving.

Wildlife Conservation Society - BISC member since 2009