Research Library

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The Yellowstone Research Library is in the midst of a digitization project that will make library records accessible online.

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The library will be closed Fridays until further notice.

The mission of the Yellowstone Research Library is to collect published and unpublished materials related to Yellowstone and to make these materials available to park staff, researchers, and the general public. The library collection consists of more than 20,000 books, periodicals, theses and dissertations, unpublished manuscripts, microforms of historic newspapers and scrapbooks, brochures, technical reports, and audio visual material.

The Map Room collection includes a large number of published maps from 1865 to the present. In the Rare Book Room are the personal papers and books of notable figures from Yellowstone history, including Major Hiram Chittenden and several early superintendents. Donations from Yellowstone Forever (formerly the Yellowstone Association and Yellowstone Park Foundation), and private donors, as well as funding provided by the National Park Service, have made possible an impressive, possibly unsurpassed, example of Yellowstone National Park resources.

The library has also hosted teacher training seminars focusing on primary documents and teacher-led high school writing groups. In 2006, the library staff began a bookmobile service that travels around the park interior once a month during the summer. Participation in the program has grown by at least 30% every year since it began.

The Yellowstone Library and Museum Association, predecessor of today’s Yellowstone Forever, was organized in 1933 in part “to assist in the establishment and development of a Yellowstone Park Library for the use of rangers, ranger naturalists and others dealing with park visitors and the public.” While the library collection is now the property of the National Park Service, Yellowstone Forever continues to support the library by employing librarians and providing most of the funding for purchases and subscriptions as well as for specific library projects.

 

Hours

Appointments are strongly recommended. The Library is open:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 9am-4pm
  • Wednesday: 9am-12pm
  • Fridays: closed until further notice

Closed federal holidays and special closures as noted:

  • May 29
  • July 4

Appointments are not necessary, although it is recommended that you utilize the online catalog before coming to the library.

Please note that you will need appointments to have access to the archives and museum collection.

Contact Information

Jackie Jerla and Jessica Gerdes, Librarians, e-mail us
Fax: (406) 848-9958
Phone: (307) 344-2264

Mailing Address:
Yellowstone Research Library
20 Old Yellowstone Trail
Gardiner, MT 59030

Collection

  • Access. The general collection is open to everyone, free of charge. Bags and coats must be left in the lockers outside the library. Patrons may only use pencils in the Reading Room. Pens are NOT ALLOWED. There is NO public email access in the library. Food and drinks are prohibited.
  • Copies of materials. Copyright rules must be observed. Copying from print and microform is available for $.15 a page. Digital photos (without flash) are allowed. Please be aware that fragile items can not be copied.
  • Research. The library staff is able to perform limited research for patrons by mail or in person. Please allow up to one month for all research requests. It is recommended that extensive research be done in person.
  • Online Catalog. Our online catalog is available through: The Wyoming Library Databases consortium, http://wyld.sdp.sirsi.net/client/en_US/yrl

Support the Library

  • Join the Yellowstone Association. This organization is a non-profit entity cooperating with the National Park Service to advance educational programs, including the library, to promote understanding and appreciation of the park. For more information contact the Yellowstone Forever at (307) 344-2293.
  • Donate. The Yellowstone Research Library is always seeking donations to enhance the current collection. Contact the librarians for information about donating documents or other materials, internships and Volunteer Opportunities. The librarians would be happy to discuss internship or practicum with students enrolled in Library Studies programs. Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact the librarians.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

(307) 344-7381

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