The Donald F. and Mildred Topp Othmer Library of Chemical History is an independent research library encompassing the history of chemistry and related sciences, technologies, and industries. Our library houses more than 150,000 print volumes, including rare books and manuscripts, archival materials, modern books and journals, and historical photographs. These extensive collections span nearly six miles of shelves and offer an unrivaled resource for researchers.
The Othmer Library is a proud member of the Independent Research Libraries Association, a prestigious consortium designated for libraries with internationally significant collections and programs.
Schedule a Library Visit
The Othmer Library is open to researchers by appointment only Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm.
Ask a Reference Question
Our librarians and archivists are happy to provide research assistance and reference services.
Apply for a Travel Grant
Researchers who live more than 75 miles from the Institute may be eligible for one of our travel grants.
Search Midon, our online catalog, to access information about our library’s holdings.
The Othmer Library provides photocopy and document delivery services.
Rights & Reproductions
Digital reproductions of items from our collections are available by request.
Reading Room Policies
Our mascot, Oloch, has a few simple procedures for researchers to follow in the Jacobs Reading Room.
Named for renowned bibliophile Henry Bolton, members support activities in our library and are encouraged to donate books.
Contact members of the Othmer Library staff.