Bailey Library and Archives

About the Library

  • Audubon books

  • Documents from the Bailey Archives

  • "Buffalo Hunt With Wolf Skin Mask"

  • Stereo card of Hopi women weaving baskets

  • King Island Woman and Child

  • Documents from astronauts in Bailey Archives

  • Glass negative of Gray Jay nest and eggs

The 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.

Search our library catalog. Search our archival holdings at the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.

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.

Browse our image archives.

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

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

Museum Publications

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has an active research program and authors a variety of publications. These include the Annals (formerly known as the Proceedings), Technical Reports and curator publications.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Annals

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Annals is an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing original papers in the fields of anthropology, geology, paleontology, botany, zoology, space and planetary sciences, and health sciences. Papers are either authored by Museum staff, associates, or volunteers, deal with Museum specimens or holdings, or have a regional focus on the Rocky Mountains/Great Plains ecoregions.

Paper copies are exchanged with our institutional partners via the Bailey Library Exchange Program, contact us at [email protected] for more information. Paper copies can be purchased from The Denver Museum of Nature & Science owns the copyright of the works published in the Annals, which are published under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial license. For commercial use of published material contact Kris Haglund in the Alfred M. Bailey Library & Archives at [email protected]. The Author Guidelines and the Annals Copyright Transfer may be downloaded by clicking the links.


  • Maxson, R. E., Colwell-Chanthaphonh, C., and Lomayestewa, L. W., Lost in Translation: Rethinking Hopi Katsina Tithu and Museum Language Systems, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Annals, No. 2, April 15, 2011, 139 pp. ISSN 1948-9293 (print), ISSN 1948-9307 (online) Click to download (PDF | 6.5MB)
  • Woodburne, M. O., Gunnel, G. F., and Stucky, R. K., Land Mammal Faunas of North America Rise and Fall During the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science Annals, No. 1, September 1, 2009, 78pp. ISSN 1948-9293 (print), ISSN 1948-9307 (online) Click to download low resolution version (PDF | 1.5MB) Click to download high resolution version (PDF | 5.5MB)

Proceedings of the Denver Museum of Natural History

Proceedings of the Denver Museum of Natural History published between 1915 and 2002. Click here to view the full list and PDFs of published Proceedings.

Technical Reports

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science Technical Report series captures the work by Research and Collections Division authors that may not be published otherwise. The full list of Technical Reports may be viewed by clicking here. Select reports are available for download.

Annual Reports

Selected Annual Reports of the Museum can be viewed here.

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Phone: 303.370.6362
Email: [email protected]

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Open to staff, volunteers, and other scholars
Mon - Thurs: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Or by appointment: 303.370.6362 or [email protected]

Phone: 303.370.8250
Email: [email protected]
Search the Rocky Mountain Online Archive.
Browse the Image Archives online.
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