Libraries' Overview

Announcement

Harvard University is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Please check Harvard's dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for current advisories: https://www.harvard.edu/coronavirus.

3/13/2020: The Harvard University Herbaria and Botany Libraries will be closed as of 5:00pm Friday, March 13 until further notice. Email accounts will be monitored. To contact the Botany Libraries, please email botref@oeb.harvard.edu. To contact the Herbaria, please email huh-requests@oeb.harvard.edu. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

The Harvard University Herbaria house five comprehensive libraries managed collectively as the Botany Libraries. These non-circulating reference collections are world-wide in scope and include many rare copies and special editions. Each of the libraries have archives that document the associated specimen collections.

The Arnold Arboretum Library in Cambridge specializes in the identification and classification of Old World plants with emphasis on Asia. Subject areas cover systematic botany, floras of the Old World, taxonomy, dendrology, early forestry, and other materials on woody plants.  This library's holdings  appear in HOLLIS and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery as Botany Arnold (Cambr.)

The Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library in Jamaica Plain supports the living collections.  This library's holdings appear in HOLLIS and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery as Botany Arboretum.

The Economic Botany Library of Oakes Ames specializes in materials related to economic botany or the commercial exploitation of plants. Subject areas cover ethnobotany, medicinal plants, hallucinogens and narcotics, crop plants, edible and poisonous plants, herbals and other rare pre-Linnean works, and Linneana. This library's holdings appear in HOLLIS and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery as Botany Econ. Botany.

The Farlow Reference Library of Cryptogamic Botany specializes in organisms that reproduce by spores, without flowers or seeds. Subject areas cover fungi, bryophytes, lichens, algae, and pre-Linnean works. The library's holdings appear in HOLLIS and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery as Botany Farlow Library.

The Gray Herbarium Library specializes in the identification and classification of  New World plants with emphasis on North American plants. Subject areas cover systematic botany, taxonomy, floras of the New World, bibliography, the history of botany, and pre-Linnean works. The library's holdings appear in HOLLIS and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery as Botany Gray Herbarium.

The Oakes Ames Orchid Library specializes exclusively on the identification and classification of the orchid family or Orchidaceae.  The library's holdings appear in HOLLIS and HOLLIS for Archival Discovery as Botany Ames Orchid.