Using the Library

The main library is open for public use by appointment only Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. For an appointment, please call 412.622.3284 or email

The Museum Library's main reading room is in the Oakland complex at 4400 Forbes Avenue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. However, the library collections are distributed throughout the main building and the museum's offsite annexes. Please indicate the material in which you are interested so that we have time to retrieve it for your appointment.

Books and journals in the Museum Library collection do not circulate, and must be used in the library. For questions concerning use of the library collection, please call 412.622.3284 or email

Online search

To find out whether the Museum Library owns a particular title, search the online catalogue at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Museum of Natural History holdings are listed as CMNH - [name of the departmental library]. If you want to limit your search to the holdings of the Museum Library, please select CMNH from the "Look in the following location" dropdown list.


The library has an overhead scanner on which all photocopying is to be done. Photocopies of material in the library collections are available for $.15 per page if done by the user onsite. Scanned material can be provided electronically as PDFs via email.

Offsite users may request photocopies of material; interlibrary loan charges will apply. The minimum charge for photocopy requests is $10, which includes the first 10 pages. Additional pages are supplied at $.15 per page.

Staff services

In addition to building book and journal collections, the Museum Library offers reference services. Please contact the Museum Librarian.

Feel free to make recommendations for new acquisitions of book and journal titles to better serve your research interests. Please provide full citations with information on author, title, publisher, date of publication, and cost.