We are excited to be hosting our annual fundraiser for education programs, the Mission Creek Soiree, on Saturday, May 18. For this special event, the Museum Backyard, Santa Barbara Gallery, Mammal Hall, and Bird Halls are temporarily closed to the public. The Museum will close early at 3:30 PM. But don't worry, there's plenty more to explore all over campus, including a sneak peek of our new dinosaur exhibit Prehistoric Forest!

Library & Archives

Devoted to study in natural history, zoology, the environment, and California Indian culture the Library, built in 1929, retains the classic charm of an early twentieth century reading room.


The Museum Library houses research materials appropriate for students, amateur naturalists, and serious scientists. A special children's collection is perfect for reading nature stories out loud or completing school projects.

Rare books in the Museum’s Library feature titles in natural history, zoology, western and Pacific exploration, and Native American culture dating to the 16th century.

Archive collections highlight Santa Barbara’s environmental history, local biological and cultural history, rock art, California Condor preservation, Museum history, 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill, and more.


Reference: 805-682-4711 ext. 135

Terri Sheridan, Museum Librarian and Archive Collection Specialist
805-682-4711 ext. 134