Linda Hall Library

Since 1946, the unrivalled collection at Kansas City’s Linda Hall Library has helped the world of science move forward while opening its wonders to all. As a premier repository for the history of science and the foremost independent science, engineering, and technology research library in the world, the Library preserves our heritage of innovation and ingenuity, provides extensive knowledge for scientists to put into practice, and spreads understanding of these vibrant disciplines in our community. With a mix of on-demand digital delivery and public programming, the Linda Hall Library works to keep its essential collections in chemistry, physics, engineering, and other disciplines accessible to everyone. As both a premier research library and a public institution, the Library is dedicated to bringing leading experts and the general public together under the same roof. Thanks to digitization efforts, the Library’s website is now a significant online resource for scholars. The digital collections provide access to nearly a quarter million digitized images of significant rare and fragile materials from the Linda Hall Library’s collections, including books, maps, photographs, and manuscripts. In 2012, the Linda Hall Library agreed to affiliate with the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), a consortium of over 260 top university and independent libraries. As CRL’s primary science, technology, and engineering library, the Library serves as a crucial node in the worldwide research enterprise, supporting the entire spectrum of high-level scientific inquiry that results in new knowledge and new breakthroughs. Resident fellowships are offered in support of research projects in science, engineering, and technology; in the history of science, engineering and technology; or in interdisciplinary topics that link science or technology to the broader culture. These scholars build understanding of the developments that got us where we are today, contribute to the intellectual community, and share their findings with the public.

Specialty

physics, engineering, chemistry, geology, and technology; history of physics, engineering, chemistry, geology, and technology

Collections

With its comprehensive collections, the Library provides a foundation to practicing scientists and researchers in every field. The Library holds over a half a million monograph volumes and more than 48,000 journal titles. The Library’s collection policy emphasizes the acquisition of journals and other serial publications. In addition, the Library collects monographs, conference proceedings, reference works, government publications and technical reports, over 200,000 industrial standards, engineering society conference papers, and U.S. patents. The Library’s holdings are exceptionally strong in engineering, chemistry, and physics. The purchase of the entire library of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1947 provided the foundation of a collection to support research in the history of science and technology. In 1995, the entire collection of the Engineering Societies Library was transferred to the Library, including the Ball Gemology Collection and hundreds of early books on engineering, mathematics, physics, geology, and other related sciences. The History of Science Collection includes printed books from the fifteenth century to the present. Additional materials to support historical research are available in the Library’s general collections. Long runs of scientific and technical journals dating from the seventeenth century are a special strength of the Library’s collections. More than 40,000 titles are currently represented, including a complete set of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, beginning in 1665. Other titles of note include: Rheticus, Narratio Prima; Copernicus, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium; Bayer, Uranometria; Galileo, Sidereus Nuncius; Hooke, Micrographia; Newton, Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica; Catesby, Natural History of Carolina, Florida & the Bahama Islands; and Darwin, On the Origin of Species.

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Holding Highlights

  • exceptionally strong in engineering, chemistry, and physics
  • holds over a half a million monograph volumes and more than 48,000 journal titles
  • digital collections provide access to nearly a quarter million digitized images of significant rare and fragile materials
  • collection policy emphasizes the acquisition of journals and other serial publications
  • collects monographs, conference proceedings, reference works, government publications and technical reports, over 200,000 industrial standards, engineering society conference papers, and U.S. patents
  • acquired the entire library of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1947
  • acquired the entire collection of the Engineering Societies Library in 1995
  • History of Science Collection includes printed books from the fifteenth century to the present, including (for instance) Rheticus's Narratio Prima, Copernicus's De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, Hooke's Micrographia. Newton's Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica, and Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida & the Bahama Islands

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