Bailey Library and Archives

About the Bailey Library and Archives

Bailey Library is temporarily closed through late 2020.


Bailey Library's collection focuses on anthropology, earth sciences, health sciences, space sciences, zoology, the Rocky Mountain West, and museum studies. It contains over 53,000 publications, 2,500 rare books, and 9,000 volumes of scientific periodicals.

The Archives preserves the institution’s historic records dating back over a century to the museum’s founding years. Collections include over 33,000 files of correspondence, research data, field notes, and administrative records.

Image Archives is the official storehouse for the Museum's 700,000 images. These photographic collections provide insight into a world in transition. By preserving and making these images available, Image Archives provides a valuable resource not only within the local community but also nationally and globally.

Search our library catalog.

Browse our image archives.

Search our archival holdings at the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

Museum Publications

Conditions of Use

Permissions & Use Form

How to Use the Library

The library supports Museum research, exhibits, and education with technical books, scientific journals, and electronic resources. Staff may check out materials with their employee badge.


The library provides background materials for temporary exhibitions, reference materials for research projects, and training videos for various departments. Volunteers may check books out with their volunteer badge.


Our holdings are available to other researchers and scholars, and can be arranged by appointment. Please contactus at [email protected] or 303.370.6362 to schedule an appointment.


The Museum loans books to patrons of other libraries worldwide through the OCLC system, which makes the library's unique resources widely available, and facilitates the Museum's borrowing from other libraries.

Rare Books

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All of the library's rare books are included in the online catalog. Highlights include:

  • Copies of all Museum publications from 1915 to the present
  • Accounts of all three of James Cook's voyages, published 1773-1784
  • History of the Indian Tribes of North America, published in 1838
  • Early surveys of the West, published 1867-1890

Contact Information

Phone: 303.370.6362
Email: [email protected]

Search the library catalog.

Bailey Library is temporarily closed through late 2020.

Phone: 303.370.6089
Email: [email protected]

Phone: 303.370.8250
Email: [email protected]

Featured collection: Konovalenko gem carvings.



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