The Linda Hall Library holds over a half a million monograph volumes and more than 48,000 journal titles. In addition, the casual or professional reader will find conference proceedings, reference works, government publications and technical reports, over 200,000 industrial standards, engineering society conference papers, and U.S. patents. The Library contains over 45 miles of shelving to house its collections.
The Library collections are frequently used by researchers, students, engineers, attorneys, and will be of interest to anyone seeking to broaden their knowledge of current advances in science, engineering, and technology as well as the historical or philosophical aspects of those topics.
The Library’s collection policy emphasizes the acquisition of journals and other serial publications. Monographs, conference proceedings, indexes and abstracts, documents, technical reports, and other reference materials are also acquired to support the journal collection. The Library’s serial holdings are exceptionally strong in the following fields:
- Life Sciences
The Library also collects extensively in biology including microbiology, molecular biology, and genetics. Practitioners in applied life science fields will find related materials including soil science, biochemistry, and physiology.
History of Science
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. Areas of strength include:
- Star atlases
- Scientific classification
- Early herbals
- Natural magic
- Jesuit science
- Geology and paleontology
- Theories of the earth
With its 1995 acquisition of the Engineering Societies Library, the Library offers technical meeting papers from each associated engineering society, including:
- American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
- American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical, and Petroleum Engineers (AIME)
Additionally, the collection of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) broadens an already strong collection in Aerospace engineering and history. The Library also owns a significant collection of historical and current engineering standards and specifications issued by industry and government.
Patents and Trademarks
Linda Hall Library is one of over 80 libraries in the United States that participate in the Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) Program. The PTRC program is administered by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Please see our Patents and Trademarks Research Guide for more information.
The LHL Digital Collections provide access to significant rare and fragile materials from the Library’s collections. Nearly a quarter million digitized images from the History of Science Collection offer researchers the opportunity to view such items as books, maps, photographs, and manuscripts. Also featured are collections inspired by the Library’s exhibitions.
Users inside the library have access to some of the major abstracting and indexing databases in the sciences, engineering, and technology, including:
- Web of Science